Organ Donation.

Transplants save lives

In the UK between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010:

• 3,709 organ transplants were carried out, thanks to the generosity of 2,021 donors.

• 978 lives were saved in the UK through a heart, lung, liver or combined heart/lungs, liver/kidney, liver/pancreas or heart/kidney transplant.

• 2,739 patients’ lives were dramatically improved by a kidney or pancreas transplant, 160 of whom received a combined kidney/pancreas transplant.

• A further 3,099 people had their sight restored through a cornea transplant.

• A record number of 552 non-heartbeating donor kidney transplants took place and accounted for one in five of all kidney transplants.

• Living donor kidney transplants are increasing – 475 in 2004-05, 589 in 2005-06, 690 in 2006-07, 831 in 2007-08, 927 in 2008-09 and 1,038 in 2009-10 – and now represent more than one in three of all kidney transplants.

• Almost a million more people pledged to help others after their death by registering their wishes on the NHS Organ Donor Register, bringing the total to 17,400,213(September 2010).

How to registerYou can join the NHS Organ Donor Register by:

Filling in a form online

Calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23

(Lines are open 24 hours a day all year round. Calls are charged at your contracted rate for local calls)

By texting SAVE to 84118

You can also join when you are:

Registering for a driving licence

Applying for a Boots Advantage card

Registering at a GP surgery

Registering for a European Health Insurance card (EHIC)

Leaflets are also displayed in GP surgeries, libraries and many hospitals and pharmacies

All info from NHSBT