Organ Donation Wales
1st December 2015. The time when Wales has changed the way you become an organ donor.
days until the way you become an organ donor will change in Wales.
From the 1 December 2015, the way we choose to become organ donors will change. Now is the time for us to understand what this means and talk about it with our loved ones.
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Don’t forget to make time to talk to your family and friends so that they know what you want. If it became possible for you to donate, your family or friends would always be involved. If they knew you did not want to be a donor, they would be able to say so.
"Knowing that part of your loved one is living on in someone else is comforting. If it stops any other person going through the same thing then this can only be good. Teddy’s life had a very important role to play."
Jess EvansRead the full story
"Losing Claire was a dreadful and unexpected blow. We were just glad that she’d made her feelings known through the register. We wouldn’t have dreamt of going against her wishes."
Teresa and Alan WilkinRead the full story
"There are also lots of myths that need to be dispelled amongst some communities. For example some people think that some religions, such as Islam, are against organ donation."
Shahab Miah and Yusha MohammedRead the full story
"To me it’s a no-brainer. If you don’t want to be a donor, you will be able to opt out, but if you do, then you don’t even have to do anything as the new law will treat you like someone who’s happy to be an organ donor."
Jan and Will RogersRead the full story
"For us, organ donation comes down to the premise that if you’re willing to take, you should be willing to give. Simple as."
Laura and Ava RaffourRead the full story
After 1 December 2015, if you have not recorded an organ donation decision (opt in or opt out), you will be treated as having no objection to becoming an organ donor.
This is called "deemed consent".
Register your organ donation decision
Or call 0300 123 23 23
Lines are open 24 hours a day all year round.
Calls are charged at your contracted rate for local calls.
The information that you provide is sent securely and directly to NHS Blood and Transplant. You can see their data protection statement on the NHSBT website
Around 7000 people are waiting for transplant across the UK
One donor can save or transform up to 9 lives
Most people who become donors are not actually on the Organ Donor Register
The UK has amongst the highest number of family refusals to donation
Only 32% of people in Wales have signed the Organ Donor Register
I’m too old to be a donor, you wouldn’t want my organs!Read more
I’ve got long term health problems, so there’s no way I can donate. They won’t want my organs!Read more
Doctors won’t do enough to save me if I sign the Organ Donor Register. They’ll be more interested in taking my organs to save someone else.Read more
It’s against my religion to be a donor.Read more
I don’t need to tell my family that I want to be a donor because I have it written in my will.Read more