Organ Donation Mythbuster

Organ donation saves hundreds of lives a year in Scotland. But more people need to be on the Organ Donation Register to help those waiting for transplants.

What is the NHS Organ Donor Register?

The Organ Donor Register is a database that keeps the details of people who wish to donate their organs after their death (and which organs they wish to donate), or whether they would prefer not to donate any organs at all. 

Why are more donors needed?

Every year hundreds of people die while waiting for an organ transplant because there is a shortage of organ donors.

One person joining the register won't make much difference...

One organ donor can save up to seven lives and allow two people to see again. So just one person signing up can make a massive difference to many lives. 

At what age can you join the NHS Organ Donor Register?

In Scotland young people aged 12 and above can register on the NHS Organ Donor Register and a parent or guardian doesn’t have the legal right to overrule their wishes. Parents and guardians can also register young people under 12. 

I can't donate blood - can I be an organ donor?

The criteria for donating blood are different to organ donation. Everyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register.


Visit Organ Donation Scotland's website to find out more and sign up to the Organ Donation Register.