Organ and tissue donation

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Give the Gift of Life

Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine.  But they depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families to make this life-saving gift to others.

One donor can save or enhance the lives of many people.

There is a critical shortage of organs and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for a transplant is increasing all the time.  Right now, more than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant. Of these, 1000 each year – that's three a day - will die waiting as there are not enough organs available.

Leave someone a future

To decide whether or not you wish to give life to someone else after you have died is something very personal and it is important that everyone makes their own decision.

Discuss your decision with those closest to you so they know your wishes should the time ever come.

Even if you already carry a donor card you should join the NHS Organ Donor Register to ensure your wishes are recorded.  By joining the register you are giving your agreement to your organs and tissue being used for transplantation to save or enhance the lives of others after your death.

Adding your name to the register will only take a few minutes of your time but it could save someone else's life.

What is the Organ donor Register?

  • The NHS Organ Donor Register is, quite literally a life-saver.

It is a confidential, computerised database which holds the wishes of more than 16 million people who have decided that, after their death, they want to leave a legacy of life for others. The register is used to help establish whether a person wanted to donate and, if so, what.

Do people on the NHS Organ Donor Register definitely become organ donors?

  • No. Only a very small number of people die in circumstances where they are able to donate their organs. That is why we need as many people as possible to join the register.

What is organ donation?

  • Organ donation is the gift of an organ to help someone who needs a transplant. The generosity of donors and their families enables over 3,000 people in the UK to receive a lifesaving transplant every year.

What organs can be donated?

  •  Corneas, Kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and the small bowel can all be transplanted.
  • Techniques are improving all the time and we may soon be able to transplant other parts of the body to help even more people.

What is Tissue Donation?

  • As well as major organs other parts of the body such as skin, bone , cartilage and heart valves can be donated to improve the lives of many. 
  • Heart valves can be transplanted  to save the lives of children born with heart defects, and adults suffering with diseased damaged valves
  • Skin can be used as a natural dressing to treat people with serious burns, it helps stop infections, can limit scaring and reduces pain.
  • Bone is important for people receiving artificial joint replacements , or for replacing bone removed due to illness or injury

The Facts

  • You are more likely to need a transplant than become a donor.
  • The removal of organs and tissues is carried out with the same care and respect as any other operation but occurs only after death is certified.
  • Many relatives say that they have found some comfort in knowing that the loss of their loved one has given someone else the chance to live.
  • More than 16.5 million people in the UK have already signed up to save lives by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Donation is an enormous gift and through a commitment to save lives, the team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals work tirelessly to ensure they explore and fulfil all patients and their families wishes by offering, when appropriate, the option of Organ and Tissue Donation as a normal part of end of life care. They ensure that the needs of the patient and their family are priority and act at all times with care and compassion.


You can discuss this in more detail with  one of the, Specialist Nurses based within the hospital

Team and Contact Information

Telephone: 01772 523730 / 01772 528101

Pager 07659 184 748 (After 5pm)

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