Laura Richardson’s latest article for Andrew Douglas Wills and Legal Services discusses how Colchester organ donation has been affected by changes to the law in this area in the UK.

The law governing Colchester Organ Donation in England is changing from Spring 2020 meaning that unless you specifically ‘opt-out’, it will automatically be assumed that you consent to being an organ donor after you die. Last year over 400 people died whilst waiting on the Organ Transplant List so it is hoped that by changing the law, more people will be saved through organ donation in Colchester.

Approximately only 1% of people die in a manner that allows their organs to be used for donation in Colchester, so even if you decide that you wish to be an organ donor when you die, this may not be possible. There are also some groups of people that are exempt from the new law including those under the age of 18, those who are not resident in the UK, and those who lack the necessary mental capacity to make their own decision regarding organ donation.

If you are not exempt then it is important that you record your choice on the NHS Organ Donation Register and tell your friends and family of your decision. If you do not wish to discuss your decision with your relatives or friends, you may wish to record your decision in a statement within your Will. You could also explain your decision in more detail in a letter to formally accompany your Will if you are concerned that your loved ones may not understand or agree with your decision.

Making the decision to become an organ donor in Colchester after you die can be a difficult decision to make, especially if you have strong religious beliefs. However, the NHS is required to take any belief system, faith or religion into account before organ donation can take place. You can also request a specialist nurse to speak to your family about your faith or beliefs after you die to provide further information and reassurance regarding Colchester organ donation.

Further information regarding all aspects of organ donation is available at

However, if you feel that you are unable to make a decision on your own regarding Colchester organ donation, then you are able to appoint a legal representative to make that decision on your behalf. If you would like to discuss your decision about becoming an organ donor or including a statement of your wishes within your Will, call Andrew Douglas Wills and Legal Services. We can arrange a free initial consultation to take place in the comfort of your own home, and whether you are in Colchester, or the surrounding Essex area we look forward to hearing from you.

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