What you can donate

Everyone has a choice as to whether or not they want to become an organ and tissue donor, and, if you agree to donate, you can choose to donate either some or all of your organs and tissue.

You can find out more about the different organs and tissue below. If you choose to register to donate your organs on the NHS Organ Donor Register, you have the option to choose to donate some or all of these organs:

  • Heart (including heart valves)
  • Lungs
  • Liver (including liver hepatocyte cells)
  • Kidneys
  • Pancreas (including pancreatic islets)
  • Small bowel

When you register to donate your organs, you can also choose to donate your tissue. The most commonly donated tissue are:

  • Heart valves
  • Tendons
  • Parts of the eye, such as the cornea

If you wish to select which organs and/or tissue you wish to donate, heart valves are included under the heart donation option. There is also a separate option on the NHS Organ Donor Register to allow you to choose to donate your eyes and/or other tissues.

Organ and tissue donation

Donating an organ and/or tissue can be lifesaving or significantly life-enhancing.

Rare transplants

A small number of people across the UK have also donated limbs, such as a hand, after their death to transform someone’s life. This type of transplant is very rare and needs explicit authorisation from family, on the person’s behalf to proceed.

Personal stories

Inspiring stories about people whose lives have significantly improved by organ and tissue donation.