Organ Donation

This information is sourced from Marie Curie, NHS Organ Donation, and NICE

Donating organs or tissue for transplant can enhance or often save the lives of others who need them.

The following organs and tissues can be donated:

Organ

Tissue

Kidney

Cornea

Heart

Skin

Liver

Bone

Small bowel

Tendons

Pancreas

Heart valves

Lungs

 


English law on organ donation has changed and it is now an opt-out. Please visit this page to register your choice and see how these changes affect you.

There is no upper age limit for donation of organs or tissue.

The following medical conditions preclude you from donation:

  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
  • Ebola virus disease
  • Active cancer**
  • HIV*

*In rare cases, donors with HIV have helped others with the same condition. Please still register your wish to donate and your case will be considered by a medical team.

**Almost anyone can donate their cornea, even with widespread cancer. The cornea is the clear tissue at the front of your eye that lets in light so you can see. This part of the eye is hugely important for thousands of cornea transplants a year, often saving the precious sight of others. 

See Myths about corneal donation

If you wish to be an organ donor:

  • Join the NHS organ donor register
  • Tell a friend or relative about your wishes

Further information is available by:

  • calling the Organ donor line on 0300 123 2323
  • or via the website

Sources

Human Tissue Authority

Published 1st January 2023

NHS Organ Donation

Published 1st January 2023

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