Living organ donation

Living donation is a way for people to receive a particular organ and/or tissue for transplants.

It can offer an alternative to waiting on the national transplant waiting list for an organ from a deceased donor.

Like retrieving organs from a deceased donor, it does mean carrying out major surgery. However results are successful.

Before you can become a living donor, we will carefully assess you to make sure

  • it is safe for you to donate
  • the organ is suitable for the person receiving it

What you can donate


Kidneys are the most common organ donated by a living person. About a third of all kidney transplants carried out in the UK are from living donors. A healthy person can lead a normal life with one working kidney.

Further information on kidney donation.

Could I be a living kidney donor? FAQs (pdf)

Could I give my kidney to someone I don't know? (pdf)

The UK Living Kidney Sharing Schemes  (pdf)


A living liver donor is a person who gives part of their liver to someone with liver failure who needs a transplant (the recipient). This could be a friend or family member, or someone they do not already know.

Living donor liver transplantation has been successfully performed in the UK since 1995.

A liver transplant operation is life saving surgery for patients with end stage liver disease. It is also performed for some patients with primary liver cancer and children with metabolic diseases (affecting the chemical processes within the body).

Further information on liver donation.

Could I be a living liver donor? (pdf)


As a living donor you can donate your bone and amniotic membrane.

How to make a donation

To become a living kidney or liver donor:

To become a tissue donor:

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