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Organ donation and transplantation

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Currently there are over 7,000 people on the UK national transplant waiting list and, during the last financial year, over 1,300 people either died whilst on the waiting list or became too sick to receive a transplant. It is therefore vital that we continue to build on the current success and continue to make more progress.

For 24-hour advice and referrals, contact our Specialist Nurse-Organ Donation on:
Tel. 07659 100 103 

To find out more about how to become a donor, visit the NHS Organ Donation and Transplantation website.

Facts and figures
In the UK between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013:

  • 4,212 organ transplants were carried out, thanks to the generosity of 2,313 donors
  • 1,160 lives were saved in the UK through a heart, lung, liver or combined heart/lungs, liver/kidney or liver/pancreas transplant
  • 3,052 patients' lives were dramatically improved by a kidney or pancreas transplant, 166 of whom received a combined kidney/pancreas transplant
  • A further 3,697 people had their sight restored through a cornea transplant
  • A record number of 749 kidney transplants from donors after circulatory death took place and accounted for one in four of all kidney transplants
  • 1,068 living donor kidney transplants were carried out accounting for more than a third of all kidney transplants. 'Non-directed' living donor transplants (also known as altruistic donor transplants) and paired and pooled donations contributed more than 130 kidney transplants between them
  • Almost 1,012,000 more people pledged to help others after their death by registering their wishes on the NHS Organ Donor Register, bringing the total to 19,532,806 (March 2013).
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For 24-hour advice and referrals, contact our Specialist Nurse-Organ Donation:
Tel. 07659 100 103.
Useful links


NHS Blood and Transplant service 
NHS Blood and Transplant is a Special Health Authority, dedicated to saving and improving lives through the wide range of services they provide to the NHS.

Organ Donation and Transplantation
Find out more information on how to become a donor.

Organ Donation and Transplantation - Clinical 
Information for Clinicians on Organ Donation and Transplantation in the NHS.