Organ Donation

Organ donation in England has moved to an ‘opt out’ system, often referred to as ‘Max and Keira’s Law’. This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are:

  • Under the age of 18

  • Lacked the necessary mental capacity to understand the new arrangements and take the necessary action

  • Visitors to England and those not living here voluntarily

  • People who have lived in England for less that 12 months prior to their death

A persons faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected and this will be discussed with you. If you know that your relative would have wanted to donate organs and / or tissue, then please speak to the medical or nursing staff to find out if this will be possible.  If the coroner is involved, then he will need to give permission for the procedure to go ahead and will usually be organised by the hospital’s transplant co-ordinator.  The earlier you talk to someone, the more likely it will be for the donation to be able to take place.