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Organ Donation

Every day, 3 people die waiting for an organ transplant in the UK - over a thousand patients a year.

We can't save those who have died, but we can try and help the thousands waiting for an organ, or tissue for transplant in this country at this moment.

By registering as an organ donor, or simply by discussing your wishes with loved ones, you could potentially help save a life. The gift of life truly is the greatest gift you could ever give.

Organ failure can affect anyone at any time. Many of you may know or have known somebody with the need for a transplant and some may even have family members who are waiting.

None of the Trust sites are transplant centres, which means we do not carry out organ transplant surgery on-site. However, our Organ Donation Group works with families to help them see through a decision by a loved one to donate their organs after death.

In Spring 2020, organ donation in England moved to an 'opt out' system. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law'. This means that all adults in England are considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

You still have a choice if you want to be an organ donor or not when you die. NHS Blood and Transplant have issued advice and guidance on the changes. 


Tissue donation

Not everyone who dies can become an organ donor - death has to happen in certain clinical situations and we have to have some control over it to be possible. Remember though, with very few exceptions, any patient who dies in this Trust could be considered as a tissue donor.

Tissue donation saves lives, saves sight and saves mobility. Tissue donation can also happen up to 48 hours after death.


How do we support organ donation?

The Trust wide Organ Donation Committee aims to increase the number of people signed up to the Organ Donor Register and to facilitate education and referrals within the Trust. 


Contact information

Royal Derby Hospital

Dr Gregory Fletcher, Clinical Lead for organ donation
Email: gregory.fletcher@nhs.net 


Queen's Hospital Burton

Dr Ian Poxon, Clinical Lead for organ donation
Email: ian.poxon@nhs.net 


Specialist nurses for organ donation

Helen Hale, SNOD
Email: helen.hale@nhsbt.nhs.net


Watch Liz Docker, one of our Committee members, tell the story of her son Simon who was an organ donor.