Organ donation law is changing – from Spring 2020 all adults in England will be 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. This is commonly referred to as an “opt out” system.
Every day around 3 people die in need of an organ because not enough organs are available for transplant. However, only 1% of people die in circumstances that would allow them to donate. The law has been changed to help save and improve more lives.
So what do you have to do if you do not want to be an organ donor. We understand you should register a “refuse to donate” decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register. This is also known as opting out.
If you have already registered on the NHS Organ Donor Register and you wish to ‘opt out’, you should amend your registration. What you need to do is to go on to the NHS Organ Donor Register and confirm that you have changed your decision.
As to your wishes in relation to organ donation, we advise that details should be left with your Will.
If you do not have a Will, we would be very happy to advise you.
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