As part of National Transplant Week, the HTA has published a guide to consent and organ donation, which has been developed in collaboration with NHS Blood and Transplant. The guide is for those who have registered or who are considering registering their decision to donate on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
The guide explains how decisions about organ donation, recorded on the Organ Donor Register, are managed under the law. It highlights what the law says about giving consent, and outlines the importance of sharing decisions about being a donor with family and close friends.
Jessica Porter, HTA’s Living Donation Manager said: “The decision to donate your organs is an important one, which could help those in need of a transplant. During Transplant Week many people will be considering organ donation. We have developed this information to help support them in making a decision and encourage discussions about their decision with their family and friends”.
Anthony Clarkson, NHS Blood and Transplant’s Assistant Director for Organ Donation and Nursing said: “To save and improve more lives we need more donors. Sharing your donation decision is vital as evidence proves families are much less likely to agree to donation where they do not know their loved one’s donation wishes, we need to get to the point where organ donation is high on the list of important personal conversations we routinely have with loved ones.
“We hope that the new materials launched by the Human Tissue Authority will help us to encourage more people to make the decision to be an organ donor and to tell their family or a close friend that they have done so.”
Download the guide here.