Organ donation saves and improves thousands of lives each year, with even more lives improved by tissue donation. 

You are able to donate some organs while you are alive, for example: a kidney, or part of your liver. However, most organ and tissue donations will come from people who have died.

Anyone can register a decision to donate their organs and tissue when they die, regardless of their age or medical conditions. To ensure that all donated organs and tissues are safe, the donor's medical and lifestyle history is assessed at the time of donation.

Faith, beliefs and culture play a big part in how people feel about organ and tissue donation, and if you choose to be a donor, these will always be respected.

Whether you choose to be an organ and tissue donor or not, your loved ones will be asked to support the decision you record on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Each year, hundreds of opportunities for transplants are missed because families aren't sure what to do.

If you want to be an organ and tissue donor after you die, it's really important that those closest to you understand and support your choice.

If you decide not to become an organ and tissue donor, you can still help your family through a difficult time by making sure they know what you want.

Clinicians will never proceed with organ and tissue donation if your family or loved ones object.