About tissue donation

Tissue can be thought of as a group of cells working together. A collection of tissues working together to perform a specific function is called an organ.

When you add your name and decision to the NHS Organ Donor Register, you can choose to donate your tissues to help repair and rebuild the bodies and lives of severely injured people. 

Tissue donation is usually something that happens after you die, but it is possible to donate some tissue while you are alive.

What tissues can you donate?

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Why become a tissue donor?

If you choose to become a tissue donor when you die, you could help repair or rebuild the lives of severely injured people.

As many as 50 people can be helped by one tissue donor.

You could even save the lives of children born with heart defects.

Most people can become tissue donors

Unlike organ donation, you don’t need to die in specific circumstances to donate tissue after death.

Almost anyone can be considered for tissue donation.

There are also very few health conditions where organ and tissue donation is ruled out completely. 

Get more information about who can become an organ and tissue donor

How to become a tissue donor

If you would like to help others after you die by becoming a tissue donor, the best thing to do is to add your name and decision to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0300 123 23 23.

Act now to save lives in the future.

Talk to your loved ones

Organ and tissue donation will only go ahead with the support of your family, and clinicians will never proceed if your family or loved ones object.

Get tips on how to talk to your loved ones about organ and tissue donation

Refer a tissue donor

If you have recently experienced the death of a loved one and wish to refer them as a potential tissue donor, or if you would like more information about tissue donation, please contact our specialist team on:

0800 432 0559

Referrals need to occur within 24 hours for eye donation and 48 hours for all other types of tissue donation. 

Find out more about how you could make a difference.

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