Organ donation and transplantation

Organ transplant is an operation that removes an organ or tissue from one person and places it in another. Organ donation is when you allow your organs or tissues to be removed and given to someone else.

Most donated organs and tissues are from people who have died. Others get organs from living donors because of a shortage of organs.

Transplants can be the best treatment for most people with organ failure. We suggest that you discuss your decisions with your family and friends so they know what you want.

Common transplants

The most common transplants are:

Other transplants include:



  • NHS Organ Donor Register
    Freepost RRZK-SHUX-SBCK
    NHS Blood and Transplant
    Fox Den Road
    Stoke Gifford
    Bristol BS34 8RR

Further information