Organ donation has changed in Wales
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.
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.
On 1 December 2015, Wales became the first UK country to introduce a soft opt-out system for organ and tissue donation.
In 2014/15, 14 people died in Wales whilst waiting for an organ transplant, as a donor could not be found.
The new organ donation system will affect everyone over the age of 18 who lives and dies in Wales.
No. But you can record your organ donation decision at any time, if you want to.
Yes. You can register your decision not to be a donor (opt-out) at any time online.
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.