People on Facebook can now show their intention to become an organ donor in their Timeline. See below for step-by-step instructions.
The Timeline is a new addition to Facebook profiles, which allows people to record major life events. A new 'Health and Wellbeing' menu forms part of the Timeline feature from which people can highlight their intention to become an organ donor and, if they wish, click through to NHSBT's Facebook page to officially register.
Using this new feature on Facebook furthers the ways that NHSBT is using social media; our existing Facebook page provides a forum to discuss organ donation and raise awareness.
Adding the life event in Facebook will not officially register a wish to be an organ donor. You can join the ODR here.
Read the full press release about our Facebook partnership.
Please note: Adding a Facebook 'Life Event' to your Timeline will not register you to the NHS Organ Donor Register. Similarly, removing a 'Life Event' from your Timeline will not remove your name from the NHS Organ Donor Register. You can register here or by calling 0300 123 23 23. To join, amend or remove your name from the NHS Organ Donor Register you must contact us using the methods above and tell your family of your wishes.
Step 1: Go to your Facebook profile page (click on your name at the top right of the screen) and select "Life Event" at the top of your timeline.
Step 2: Via "Health and Wellbeing", select "Organ Donor"
Step 3: Select who this information should be public to, with the "Public" pull-down menu. (Completing fields for County/Region and your story is optional.)
Step 4: Select "Save"
The story will now appear in your Timeline and the newsfeed of friends you according to the selection made under "Public"