Wanted: Organ donors
Only 28 percent of people in the UK are signed up to the
Organ Donor Register and there is a significant shortage of
Heart transplants offer the best
chance of long term survival for critically ill heart failure patients to recover and lead a
We want the law changed so that people have to opt out of being
on the NHS
Organ Donor Register rather than having to opt in.
Northern Ireland – your views wanted
Jo-Anne Dobson, MLA, has taken the first steps towards changing
the law in Northern Ireland to introduce an opt-out system. This
could dramatically increase the number of donor organs available
and help to save lives.
They’re asking for the public’s views on this issue with their
It’s vital that if you live in Northern Ireland, you take part and submit your
views. There are 10 quick questions to answer – take this
opportunity to have your voice heard.
Proving that there’s public support for a change in the law to
increase the amount of organ donors is vital. Decision makers in
Northern Ireland need to hear loud and clear that this is the right
thing to do and could help to save lives.
What you can do
There just aren't enough donors out there at the moment
Start by signing up to the
NHS Organ Donor Register
Make sure you tell your relatives if you
want to be a donor*
Learn more about an
opt-out organ donation policy
Progress in Wales
In Wales, the Government has been considering
introducing legislation that would bring in an opt-out system.
The proposed legislation would put in place a ‘soft opt-out’ system
meaning that everyone would automatically be an organ donor unless
they chose not to be. Families would continue to have the
legal right of veto in cases where the wishes of the deceased are
Download and read our report on making opt-out a reality in
Sue Lord is a mother of four and suffers from Cardiomyopathy, a condition which causes the
heart to enlarge. In many people this means that the heart can no
longer pump blood efficiently and so the person’s quality of life
can be significantly reduced. Cardiomyopathy cannot be cured and
Sue's now been on the organ donor list since last February waiting
for a new heart.
Sue and her husband Steve have been calling for an opt out organ
donation system to be established in the UK.
"There just aren’t enough donors out there at the moment. Until
you’re put in the situation of needing an organ it’s not something
you really give a lot of thought to.
Before I got ill I used to regularly donate blood and I was
going to donate bone marrow, but I wasn’t on the Organ Donor
Register just because I never got round to it.
People should automatically be put on the Organ Donor
Register to make more organs available and help save
British Transplant Games
We were proud to raise awareness of the importance
of organ donation by supporting the British
Transplant Games, which took place on 23-26 August, 2012.
The participants of the Games are a
powerful demonstration of how
transplantation can transform people’s lives by proving that
no matter what your circumstances you can enjoy sport and have
This year’s Games saw hundreds of
transplant athletes compete in sporting events
ranging from archery to swimming.