Kidney (living organ) donation

What is living organ donation?

Living organ donations are made by people with spare working organs to people without. They’re usually kidneys, as most people have two. The process usually takes between 3 months and a year.

  • Register your interest (below)
  • Sign up to the NHS’s donation register
  • Get your tissue type tested
  • Take the physical and mental assessments
  • Undergo the operation
  • Recover

Find out more or sign up below.

Interested Register

The first step to becoming a donor is having the right information. Register your interest below and we’ll send you everything you need to know, as well as guiding you through the process.

Donor shortages: our silent crisis

Last year 34% of the waiting list for kidney transplants were Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals. Only 28% of transplants were to BAME individuals. In other words, hundreds of people on the waiting list are still waiting – living with the daily uncertainty of whether they have a future.

Average kidney transplant wait timesIf your loved one’s kidneys fail, they will be left waiting (on average) one year longer for a transplant if they’re Black than if they’re White. Meanwhile, the numbers of donors are falling: last year only 17 people from the Black community came forward, the lowest figure in five years.

The number of deaths will continue to rise and the number of donors to fall, unless ordinary members of the community find the courage to help. Read more.

Nina’s story

Nina Greywoode donated her kidney in 2013, and was one of just a handful of Black donors to do so. The numbers of people coming forward to donate have fallen repeatedly every year since, to just 17 last year.

 

What we do

ACLT provides personal support to everyone who signs up. We’ll consult with you before you join the register to make sure you’re ready. Then we’ll be with you every step of the way, from your first meetings with the NHS to the final surgery – and we’ll guide you through aftercare too.

To meet and talk things through you can book a no-strings consultation with us, by emailing info@aclt.org.

Useful information

organdonation.nhs.uk/about-donation/living-donation
nbta-uk.org.uk
bts.org.uk