- Kind of PSA, Organ Donation
Just completing my Tax Disc online using the new DVLA Beta Portal and it wrapped up with a link panel to the NHS Organ Donation site.
I clicked on it in the kind of what-the-hell-why-not fashion that I am wont to and ended up joining the NHS organ donation register in less than 30 rash seconds. 😯
I hadn’t realised how easy they had made it. They cross reference your registration details (name, DOB, Address) with what they already have on you to find your NHS number (you dont need to have it to hand yourself. I mean who ever does?) and they then just put a tick in the database box that says “Recycle His Bits”. Couldn’t be much simpler.Posted 4 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
When I renewed my driving license it was added onto the new one. Been on it for years anyway, but good to see the gov agencies being joined up like this.
It also ties in with blood donation and the Anthony Nolan Trust for bone marrow donation. Again done both for over 20 years. Never been asked for bone marrow, but they keep asking me back for blood. 57 arm fulls now.
EDIT: Not sure if they still have to ask your next of kin for permission before they can take your organs. It’s not exactly the best time to be asking and if you have already given permission, and it’s your body, there should be no requirement to ask.
I know there was some noise a few years ago about it, along the lines of some relatives refuse permission and possible organs are lost because a relative is too emotional to make the choice.Posted 4 years agoBunnyhopSubscriber
Been on it here for ages too as our Dr’s surgery puts you on it and you can opt out.
Important note : Could anyone that’s on this register please remember to tell relatives and your partner of your wishes?Posted 4 years ago
It sometimes comes up that they have no idea and are entitled to say no, if, the situation were to occur.coreMember
I had a thing through with my new passport last week, was all set to do it online, then read the back of the card where you list the specific parts they can have. Was fine up until that point, then jibbed unfortunately.
I’m not a squeamish person, but somehow having to actually think about what they’d cut off/out of me didn’t sit as well as just thinking “ah well, when I peg it they’ll rob some useful bits”. Think I need to force myself to think about it logically, and sign the **** up.Posted 4 years agoslowpuncheurMember
That’ll be the Nudge Unit then:Posted 4 years agobenjamins11Member
Interestingly enough it doesn’t matter that much if you are on it or not. If you are ever unfortunate enough to be in a position to be suitable for organ donation the speacilist organ donation nurses will always talk to the family. Being on the register just makes their opening gambit easier. If the family says no, even if your on the register the answer is still no!Posted 4 years agojohndohMember
You wasn’t already on it?
This! I have been on the Donor list as long as I can remember – and they are welcome to chop me into bits and take whatever they want.
Don’t forget to tell next of kin / close family that you have done it aso they know of your choice.
Edit: Kinda just done, but it is very important.Posted 4 years ago
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