We will only use your organs and tissue if you want us to. You can let us know by:
This makes it easier for the medical team to establish your decision and helps your relatives to honour it.
If you don’t make your decision to donate clear, we will ask the person closest to you what they think you wanted.
Your family or friends should tell a healthcare professional straightway if they know that you wanted to donate your organs.
We can only use your organs and tissue for research after you die, if:
We will not accept your body for medical research:
But, if you donated only your corneas, you can leave your body for research
If your family or relatives object to the donation when you made your decision clear before you died, we will:
NHS professionals will speak to your GP about your medical and social history. But you should also tell a close friend or colleague about your decision as they may be able to provide information to help us.
If we don’t know your wishes when you die, the law allows other people close to you to decide on donating your organs. This can be your:
You don’t have to include donating your organs in your will. By the time your will is read it may be too late for you to become an organ or tissue donor.
To find out if you are registered or to remove your name from the NHS Organ Donor Register, write to us at:
NHS Organ Donor Register
NHS Blood and Transplant
Fox Den Road
Stoke Gifford, Bristol
We will write to you to confirm that we have done this. You can also call the organ donor line on 0300 123 23 23 and we will check the register for you.
England and Wales
The Human Tissue Authority
151 Buckingham Palace Road
Tel: 020 7269 1988
Department of Anatomy
Tel: 01224 274 320/01224 272 000
Dundee College of Life Sciences
University of Dundee
Tel: 01382 388 825
Department of Biomedical Sciences
University of Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 650 2997/0131 650 8318
The Anatomy Department University of Glasgow
Tel: 0141 330 4296/0141 339 8855
Department of Anatomy
University of St Andrews
Tel: 01334 463 601
The Department of Anatomy
Queen's University Belfast
Medical Biology Centre
97 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL
Tel: 028 9097 2131