The law around organ and tissue donation in Scotland is going to change. Organ Donation Scotland has provided a useful factsheet that answers some of the key questions around the law changes to organ and tissue donation.
The new opt-out system will come into effect in Autumn 2020. Until then, you can indicate your wish to be an organ donor by telling a relative or close friend, carrying an organ donor card or by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Around 600 people across Scotland are currently waiting for an organ transplant, including many patients in the Forth Valley area. By signing up to the organ donor register you could help save the lives of several seriously ill patients.
How Can I Sign Up?
The quickest and easiest way to register is online. Simply visit www.organdonationscotland.org.
If you would prefer to register over the phone please call 0300 123 23 23. Lines are open 24 hours a day.
Text ODSCOT to 61611 to register with your mobile phone.
Local Patient Stories
If you need any further inspiration or encouragement why not read some of the stories of some local people in Forth Valley who are currently waiting for an organ donation as well as those whose lives have been transformed following a successful transplant.
Robert Ford – Stirling Transplant Recipient
A Fallin man whose life has been transformed by organ donation has shared his story to mark Organ Donation Week.
Dr David Fowler – Bonnybridge Transplant Recipient
Transplant recipient Dr David Fowler from Bonnybridge shares his story in a bid to raise awareness of how organ and tissue donation saves and transforms lives.
For more information and resources, please go to the Organ Donation Scotland website.