Organ donation

An organ transplant is an operation that removes an organ or tissue from one person and places it in another. Organ donation is when you allow your organs or tissues to be removed and given to someone else.

Most donated organs and tissues are from people who have died. Others get organs from living donors (e.g. Kidney donation) because of a shortage of organs. NDDH supports organ donation and if you die in the circumstances which allow donation to be considered we will explore this option with those closet to you. This is why it is so important to share you decision with other people.

Have a look through the links on this page to help you decide

What about an opt out system?

You may have seen in the news the national consultation exploring an “opt out system” The aim of the consultation is to establish what more could be done in England to ensure that the overwhelming public support for organ donation is supported both within the legal system and in the NHS and that a person’s decision to donate is supported whenever possible. More information is available on the Department of Health website.

Be part of these discussions

Visit the organ donation website today:

Show your support – download and print out a donor card today.

How does organ donation work?

introduction to organ donation

Introduction to organ donation

Heard a rumour or have a concern? Check out the Myth busting page


Why should I become an organ donor? (pdf)

how does donation work? (pdf)

How do i become a donor? (pdf)

Digital organ donor card (pdf)

Last updated: January 29, 2020