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Your family will always be involved before organ donation goes ahead, and they could override your decision if they aren’t sure what you want. So, talk to them and leave them certain.
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Tips to help you talk to your loved ones about organ donation
Tip 1 - Relax
Take your time. Approach it like you would a normal conversation. Perhaps chat over a cup of tea or when you’re out for a walk together. Start gently.
Tip 2 - Use prompts
Download one of our organ donor cards and use it as a prompt to start talking, or use our pages to find out some key information.
Tip 3 - Find a real life story
Share one of the stories in the section below and explain how you came to your decision, to help someone to live longer, or to give them better quality of life.
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Tell others about signing up as an organ donor
We will send new registrants a donor card but you can also share or print yours here.
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Our faith and beliefs commitmentHere is a copy of our faith and beliefs commitment for you to read, download and share.
Organ donation achieved three quarters of its normal activity last year despite global pandemicDespite the strains that Covid-19 put on the NHS over the last year, 3,391 people in the UK had their lives saved thanks to the generosity of 1,180 people donating their organs after death.
British Asian Artists sing out for more people to be a ‘Hero’ in new organ donation appealBritish Asian music artists have recorded a new version of the song ‘Hero’ as part of an urgent call for members of the British South Asian community to pledge their support for organ donation and potentially save lives.
Ethnicity matters in organ donation. Black and South Asian patients wait longer than white patients for a transplant, and although people can receive a transplant from someone of any ethnicity, the best transplants come from donors of the same ethnicity. Let’s find some time to talk about organ donation.
Families will always be involved in organ donation, and they can override your recorded decision. Whether or not you want to be an organ donor, record your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and talk to your family so they have the certainty they need to support what you want.
Most people think it’s important to share their decision about organ donation, but less than half have actually talked to their loved ones about it. Your family needs to support your decision, use this message as a prompt to talk to them.