Rise in organ donation

The number of people donating organs after death has risen by 50 per cent in the last five years, beating the target set by the NHS in 2008. Over the last year more than 1,200 people donated organs, helping to save 3,100 lives.


30.5% increase in organ transplants in the last year

According to the NHS, the increase in donated organs has led to a 30.5 per cent boost in the number of people receiving organ transplants in the last five years.

Since the Organ Donation Taskforce published its recommendations five years ago, new measures have been introduced by NHS Blood and Transplant:

  • Employing a network of 250 specialist nurses in organ donation who support families to consider organ donation
  • Funding the appointment of a named clinical lead and a Donation Committee in each hospital or Trust across the UK to promote donation, ensuring every potential donor is identified
  • Creating specialist organ retrieval teams to facilitate donation whenever and wherever it may happen
  • Promoting donation and the need for society and individuals to commit to become organ donors through public awareness campaigns

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How can you register to become an organ donor?

Up to 1,000 people die every year due to a shortage of organs for transplant, NHS blood and transplant said.

To register to become a donor, visit the NHS website.

A general view of a donor card Credit: Clive Gee/PA Archive

You can also join when registering for a driving licence or car tax, applying for a Boots Advantage card, registering with a GP or registering for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).