This week is Organ Donation Week.
During the pandemic, there has been a big increase in the number of people agreeing to organ donation and providing those waiting with life-saving organ transplants. But, there are still over 5,000 people in the UK waiting for organ transplants.
To enable more lives to be saved, the law about organ donation in England has changed to an opt-out system. This means that everyone is treated as an organ donor when they die, unless they choose to opt out, or are in an excluded group.
However, families will still be involved in a discussion before organ donation goes ahead. If you don’t have family, or want to ask someone else to support your decision, such as a faith leader, your GP or a good friend, you can nominate an organ donor representative instead.
The best way to make sure what you want to happen is what does happen, record your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your loved ones.
There are tips on the organ donation website which could help start the conversation with your friends and family.