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

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

The UK Living Kidney Sharing Schemes 


You can also donate part of your liver as a living person, although this is less common than living kidney donation.


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:

Further information