Talk to your loved ones

Whatever your organ donation decision, please talk to your loved ones about what you want. 

Leave them certain. 

Why talk about organ donation?

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Your family will always be involved

Your family will always be involved before organ donation goes ahead.

Your family can override your decision if they aren't sure what you want. So, leave them certain.

Did you know?

9 out of 10 families support donation going ahead when they know it's what their loved one would have wanted.

Shivum's story

Each year hundreds of opportunities for transplants are missed because families aren't sure what to do.

Amazing as it seems, you can save lives just by having a conversation.

And if you decide not to become an organ donor, you can still help your family through a difficult time by making sure they know what you want.

Your ethnicity matters

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Be the difference

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.

Read more about why ethnicity matters

Your faith and culture

Faith and culture play a big part in how people feel about organ donation, and talking to your loved ones about your decision can sometimes take courage. 

It's normal for you or your family to have questions about whether your faith or beliefs affect your ability to become an organ donor.  

Read about how about how different faith and belief systems view organ donation

Have you registered your decision?

The best way to ensure your organ donation decision is supported is to register it on the NHS Organ Donor Register and talk to your loved ones.

You can opt in or out of organ donation, and can change your decision at any time.

Thanks to everyone who has already registered their decision and had a conversation with those closest to them.

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