Talk to your loved ones

Your family will always be involved in organ donation



Organ donation is when one person chooses to give an organ to save or improve the life of someone else.

Although the law around organ donation has changed to an opt out system in many parts of the UK, your family will still be consulted if organ donation is a possibility.

Your family can overturn your decision

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

Your family will always be consulted about whether you wanted to be an organ donor or not, and clinicians will never proceed with organ donation if your family or loved ones object.

Leave them certain

If you want to donate

If you want to be an organ donor after you die, it's really important that you talk to your loved ones and make sure they understand and support your organ donation decision. You can also register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

If you don't want to donate

If you decide not to become an organ donor, you can still help your family through a difficult time by talking to them about your organ donation decision now, and making sure they know what you want. You can also register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Did you know?

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.

Show your heart

Hang a heart in your window to make the pledge to talk about your decision, or to encourage others to have theirs. 

Our hanging hearts are available in English and Welsh, and there is even a version to colour in yourself if you want to get the whole family involved.

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