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Over 5000 people in the UK are currently waiting for an organ transplant that could dramatically improve - or even save - their life.

Become an organ donor

By joining the NHS Organ Donor Register, you could help make sure life goes on.

Transplants transform lives

Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine.

They involve the donation of organs from one person to another and enable many people to take on a new lease of life in the UK every year.

Transplants are the best possible treatment for most people with organ failure.

Kidney transplants are the most commonly performed. Transplants of the heart, liver and lungs are also regularly carried out. As medicine advances, other vital organs including the pancreas and small bowel are also being used in transplants. Tissue such as corneas, heart valves, skin and bone can also be donated.

The increasing effectiveness of transplantation means that many more patients can be considered for treatment in this way. But there is a serious shortage of donors.

For some people this means waiting, sometime for years, and undergoing difficult and stressful treatment. For all too many it means they will die before a suitable organ becomes available.

"Many thousands more, though their lives may not at present be threatened, could benefit from a transplant if more organs were available."

  • Organ donation is often a source of comfort for a bereaved family at a traumatic time.
  • The Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund encourages people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register, to carry the organ donor card, and most importantly, to tell their family and friends that they wish to be an organ donor when they die."
  • There is a shortage of organs and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for a transplant is increasing.

"Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine.

"But they depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families who are willing to make this life-saving gift to others."

The NIKRF has, for many years, supported and raised awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and campaigns continuously to ensure that figures continually increase.


People can register to be an organ donor in the UK by going to or by telephoning 0300 123 23 23.

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