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What is organ donation?

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.

Transplants are the best possible treatment for most people with organ failure.

Kidney transplants are the most commonly performed. Transplants of the heart, liver and lungs are also regularly carried out. As medicine advances, other vital organs including the pancreas and small bowel are also being used in transplants. Tissue such as corneas, heart valves, skin and bone can also be donated.

For more information on the organ donation and transplant processes please visit NHS Blood and Transplant (external link).

 

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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.

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.

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

 

What is changing and when?

What is changing and when?

The way we agree to become organ donors is changing

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

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