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Register to be an organ donor

Join the organ donor register

Organ donation is giving an organ to help someone who needs a transplant.

Transplants can save or greatly enhance the lives of other people. But this relies on donors and their families agreeing to donate their organ. 

Consent

We will only use organs from a donor with their consent or with their family’s consent after they die. You can give your consent by:

• Joining the NHS Organ Donor Register, or
• Telling a relative or close friend about your decision to donate
• Learn more about what your consent to organ donation means.

Everyone can join the Register regardless of age, as long as they are legally capable of making the decision, and live in the UK.

Medical conditions

Having a medical condition does not always prevent you from becoming an organ donor. At death, a qualified doctor responsible for your care will decide whether some or all organs are suitable for transplant.

But, there are a few conditions that will exclude you from donating organs.

You cannot become an organ donor if you have:

• HIV, (in some circumstances people with HIV can donate to another person who already has HIV), or
• Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), or
• Cancer that has spread in the last 12 months