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Organ donation has changed in Wales

Organ donation has changed in Wales

The new organ donation system began in Wales on 1 December 2015.

Only a very small number of people die in circumstances where they are able to donate their organs. Because organs have to be transplanted very soon after someone has died they can only be donated by someone who has died in hospital. Usually organs come from people who are certified dead while on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit, generally as a result of a brain haemorrhage, major accident like a car crash, or stroke.

What is organ donation?

Organ donation transplants healthy organs and tissues from one person into another. The generosity of donors and their families gives over 3,000 people in the UK a new lease of life every year.

What has changed?

On 1 December 2015, Wales became the first UK country to introduce a soft opt-out system for organ and tissue donation.

Why change the system?

In 2014/15, 14 people died in Wales whilst waiting for an organ transplant, as a donor could not be found.

Who does the system change apply to?

The new organ donation system will affect everyone over the age of 18 who lives and dies in Wales.

Do I need to do anything?

No. But you can record your organ donation decision at any time, if you want to. 

Can I opt-out?

Yes. You can register your decision not to be a donor (opt-out) at any time online.

Can I still join the Organ Donor Register?

Yes, if you know you want to be an organ donor.

1st December 2015The 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.

1st December 2015

Register your organ donation decision

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

 

Organ donation from 1st December 2015

Organ donation from 1st December 2015

From 1st December 2015 it will be easier for you to choose to be an organ donor.

Under the new system you will be able to choose to become a donor by opting in or by doing nothing. By doing nothing it will be as if you have chosen to be a donor. If you don’t want to be a donor you will be able to opt-out.

See ‘organ donation from December 2015’