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Organ Donation Wales

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.

  • How is Organ Donation changing in Wales?
  • Why?
  • What do I need to do?
How is Organ Donation is changing in Wales?

How is Organ Donation is changing in Wales?

A new law has been passed in Wales:
the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013.
From 1 December 2015, the Act will introduce a soft opt-out system for consent to deceased organ and tissue donation.



Only 40%

Only 40% of people in Wales have discussed their organ donation decision with their family.

The UK has amongst the highest number of family refusals to donation in Europe. This is because when a family does not know their loved one’s organ donation decision they tend to say no.

The new law will give you the ability to register your decision (opt-in or opt-out) and be clear about your wishes. You can also decide to do nothing, which will show that you have no objection to becoming an organ donor. Don’t forget to make time to talk to your family and friends so that they know what you want.

What do I need to do?

What do I need to do?

You don’t have to do any thing now.
If you want to be a donor, you can still join the register. However until the new system is in place, the most important thing is to tell your family and friends your organ donation decision.

How can I register a wish to be a donor now?
Members of the public can sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register in a variety of ways, including:

  • registering online;
  • by contacting the NHS Donor Line (0300 123 23 23);
  • when registering for a driving licence with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA);
  • when registering with a GP;
  • when requesting a European Health Insurance Card; and applying for a Boots Advantage Card.
Teddy's story Teresa and Alan Wilkin Shahab Miah and Yusha Mohammed Jan and Will Rogers Laura and Ava Raffour

Your Stories

"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 Evans

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"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 Wilkin

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"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 Mohammed

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"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 Rogers

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"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 Raffour

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  • 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!

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  • I’ve got long term health problems, so there’s no way I can donate. They won’t want my organs!

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  • 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.

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  • It’s against my religion to be a donor.

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  • I don’t need to tell my family that I want to be a donor because I have it written in my will.

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Organ Donation from 2015.

We answer your questions on the new law and how organ donation will work from 1st December 2015.

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Who will the new system apply to?

It will affect all adults who live and die in Wales.

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