Important changes to organ donation law in England.
In May this year, the organ donation law has changed to an ‘opt out system’ to help save and improve lives in the UK. In effect from this date, (exclusions apply) it is considered that you agree to donate an organ when you die. You still of course have the choice whether or not you wish to be an organ donor, and there is no age limit on becoming one.
Who is automatically excluded?
Individuals falling in the following categories are exempt from the ‘opt out system’:
- Anyone under the age of 18
- Lack of mental capacity to make the decision
- Visitors to England, individuals not living in the UK voluntarily; and have lived in England less than 12 months prior to their death.
Why organ donation?
In the UK, three people die a day waiting for an organ donation. Making the decision to donate organs could save a life. With every successful transplant gives an individual the chance for a long and healthy life.
For more information, visit https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/uk-laws/organ-donation-law-in-england/
Make your choice and wishes known
If you do not wish to be an organ donor, make your feelings known as you are under NO obligation. Consult family members or people close to you for advice. Once you have made your choice, to opt out of being a donor, you need to register this at https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-your-decision/refuse-to-donate/? . Also ensure family members are aware of your wishes and they are recorded in your Will. Please note it is possible for family members to contest your wishes. As it is your own decision whether to become an organ donor after your death.
For more advice, contact us
We are open and here to help. Even if you are self-isolating we can make arrangements for advice and guidance in this difficult time. If needed we can take instructions by Telephone, Skype, Facetime or Whatsapp video.
Call us on 01543 420000 or visit https://www.keelys.co.uk/contact-us/ for more details and to put your mind at ease.