It is vital that anybody living in England who is eligible to become an organ donor is made aware of the change in law, and is able to make a fully informed decision about their choices.
Fittingly, there are now nearly 25 million people on the NHS Organ Donor Register and more than 20,000 lives have potentially been saved or transformed thanks to its introduction.
More than 3,000 people registered their organ donation decision after a BBC news report.
For every black deceased donor last year, there were 31 black patients in need of an organ.
A special message on organ donation is being sent by Hindu and Jain community leaders and patients during this year’s Diwali festival (Sun 27 October).
On World Sight Day, NHS Blood and Transplant is dispelling five common myths around cornea donation and encouraging people to give the gift of sight.
NHS Blood and Transplant, the UK’s national organ donation organisation, hosts the 20th European Organ Donation Day in London and is looking forward to welcoming all delegates from the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe.
Amongst the inspirational stories told in the 30 minute programme is that of Makena, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition in which the heart is left unable to pump blood effectively.
Young patients wait on average more than two and a half times longer than adults for an urgent heart transplant.
Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland came out on top of the medals table with a truly impressive count, winning 205 gold, 152 silver and 127 bronze medals.