Organ donation information

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To decide whether or not to join the NHS Organ Donor Register is a very personal decision. Discuss your decision with those closest to you so they know your wishes should the time ever come.

Even if you already carry a donor card you should join the NHS Organ Donor Register to ensure your wishes are recorded.  By joining the register you are giving your agreement to your organs and tissue being used for transplantation to save or enhance the lives of others after your death.

Adding your name to the register will only take a few minutes of your time but it could save someone else's life.

  • More than 21,121,500 people have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register This records the details of people who have registered their wishes to donate organs and/or tissue after their death for transplantation.
  • This information is used by authorised medical staff to establish whether a person wants to donate.

Organ donation information 

  • It is quick and easy to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Call 0300 123 23 23 or visit   
  • Families are always involved in organ donation discussions. You can make things easier for your family by telling them you want to donate.
  • Every day across the UK around three people who could have benefited from a transplant die because there aren’t enough organ donors.
  • Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register, age and medical conditions are not necessarily a barrier to donation.
  • One donor can save or transform up to nine lives through organ donation and save and transforms even more by donating tissue.
  • The Government has announced plans for a presumed consent system of organ donation to take effect from spring 2020.

There will be a major campaign starting April 2019, involving social media, meetings and leaflets. In addition the campaign will also focus on Black and Minority Ethnicity communities. The aim is to ensure that everyone understands about consenting to their organs being used or not consenting to their organs being used.

If a person has not decided to opt out of donation then they will be considered to have agreed to donate their organs. The law will come into operation April 2020. Under the system, you would be a donor unless you register a decision not to donate. Families will still be able to object to donation so it’s important that you make their decision easier at a difficult time by also telling them that you want to donate. More than 50,000 people in the UK are alive today because of organ transplantation.

Adding your name to the register will only take a few minutes of your time but it could save someone else's life.

How we can help 

We can offer support to bereaved families to help them make informed choices about organ donation. We have Senior Nurses in Organ Donation who are specialists in organ donation who have skills in care, compassion and communication to support families at a most difficult time to consider organ donation.

Knowing that your relative has registered their wishes makes the choice easier and a much more positive experience for everyone should the time come. We work closely with the Department Of Health to ensure organ and tissue donation is offered at the end of life people's lives to all people, where appropriate.

Our Trust has two organ and donation committees which meet four times a year. These committees are made up of Senior Nurses who specialise in organ donation, a Senior Doctor who is the Trust’s lead on organ donation, representatives from our Emergency Department, Clinicians, Critical Care, Theatres, Matrons, Chaplaincy, Mortuary, Education, members of the public and representatives from Faith Communities.

One of our initiatives has been establishing contact with schools in the area so that senior specialist nurses from our trust can give a presentation to year 12 or 13 students about this sensitive subject. We have chosen this age group as they are a group who may be obtaining a driving a license and moving into adulthood. We are keen that they make an informed choice. We do not in any way pressurise them to make such a decision.

We encourage questions and offer to talk to students after the presentation and have information leaflets about the subject. We also offer them the opportunity not to be present if at any time they feel distressed by the subjects discussed. We have established over the last five years very close relationships with schools in the Peterborough, Stamford and Bourne, but wish to expand this initiative further.

As Peterborough, Huntingdon and surrounding areas have an increasing and diverse population and we are also keen to spread the word to other religion and faith groups.

For more information about joining the register please contact:

Further information

The Donor Family Network provides support for families of people who have become organ donors - please see the Donor Family Network website