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21 February 2021

World-first paediatric heart transplant technique boosts number of life-saving operations for children in the UK

Using a technique that ‘reanimates’ the heart outside of the body, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Royal Papworth Hospital and NHS Blood & Transplant expand the donor pool and perform six paediatric heart transplants in 2020

19 February 2021

New organ donation process enables pioneering diabetes research

Pioneering research into the causes and treatment of diabetes will be led by Newcastle University thanks to a new national programme allowing scientists to study the pancreases of people with the condition.

10 February 2021

New NHS campaign urges people to talk to family and ‘Leave Them Certain’ about organ donation

The NHS is launching a new campaign to urge families to talk about organ donation following research that less than half of adults in England have had the conversation.

08 January 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): the latest updates

We understand that this is a very worrying time for those awaiting an organ transplant, and transplant recipients. The safety of organ donation and transplantation is our priority.

07 December 2020

Remarkable cornea donation legacy of Comfort family has given five people the gift of sight

People are being reminded of the importance of having a conversation about organ and tissue donation with their family or friends during Grief Awareness Week (2-8 December).

03 December 2020

Welsh Health Minister celebrates that ‘Opt-out organ donation scheme has transformed lives’

Five years ago Wales led the way in the UK by introducing a soft opt-out system of organ donation.

20 November 2020

Consent rates strong six months on from introduction of Max and Keira’s Law

Friday 20 November marks six months since Max and Keira’s Law (Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2020) came into effect in England and saw the country shift to an ‘opt out’ system for organ donation.

13 November 2020

Hindu and Jain communities spread light through Diwali arts competition

To celebrate Diwali and raise awareness of organ donation, we have joined forces with the Jain and Hindu Organ Donation Steering Group to introduce a national arts competition promoting organ donation as part of the festivities.

30 October 2020

Funding to promote organ donation among Black, Asian, mixed heritage and ethnic minority communities

New funding totalling £600,000 has been announced as part of the Government’s commitment to tackle health inequalities.

08 October 2020

NHSBT launches #IDonation Twitter campaign on World Sight Day

Currently half the number of corneas available than are needed for patients in the UK



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