What are you waiting for?

Right now across the UK there are 6,500 people - including 150 children - living a life in limbo, waiting for a call that will change their lives.

Sadly a shortage of organ donors means too many people die before they get the transplant they need.

The couple of minutes you give to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register could lead to you saving lives in the future.

Having an illness or long term condition doesn’t prevent you from registering as an organ and tissue donor.  Even if you can’t donate your organs when you die, most people can still donate tissue.

As an organ donor you could save or transform up to nine lives. So, what are you waiting for? 

Telling others about your decision

If your family doesn’t know you want to donate, it may be too hard for them to support your decision at a difficult time.

Don’t leave your family in any doubt about your decision, let them know now that you want to donate and help others when you die.

Read our Twitter Q&A

Have you watched Phil Mitchell waiting for an organ transplant on EastEnders? We held a Twitter Q&A around organ donation, featuring by Lucy Dames, Specialist Nurse Organ Donation, Bimbi Fernando, transplant surgeon at The Royal Free Hospital and Hannah Cochrane, who is waiting for a heart transplant. They answered questions around organ donation, transplantation and what it is actually like waiting for an organ transplant. Read our Twitter Q&A here.