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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.

  • Register your organ donation decision
  • Why is the system changing?
Register your organ donation decision

How is Organ Donation is changing in Wales?

I want to be an organ donor:

Opt in

You can register a decision to be an organ donor

By registering your choice to be a donor, you can choose to donate all or only specific organs.

Register to be an organ donor

Do nothing

You have no objection to becoming an organ donor

After the 1st December 2015 if you have not recorded an organ donation decision (opt in or opt out) on the NHS Organ Donation Register, you will be treated as having no objection to donating any of your organs. This is called "deemed consent".

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I don’t want to be an organ donor:

Opt out

You can register a decision not to be an organ donor

For the first time, you can now register your decision not to be a donor. Also, be sure to tell your loved ones your organ donation decision, so they can make sure it is respected. You can change your organ donation decision at any time.

Register a decision not to be a donor
Why is the system changing?

Why?

There is a big shortage of organs for transplants in Wales and the UK.
In 2012-13, 36 people died in Wales while waiting for a transplant.

Organ Donation is rare. Less than 1% of people in Wales die in a way that allows organ donation to take place. Another reason for the shortage is that many families say no to organ donation if they don’t know if their loved one wanted to donate.

The new system will be clearer for everyone. If family members are approached about organ donation, they will know that their loved could have opted out but chose not to.

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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.

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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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

Fact
  • 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

Myth
  • 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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