Internet registration soon an alternative to carrying card

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 December, 2007, 12:00am

Prospective organ donors will soon be able to register on the internet instead of carrying donation cards.

The government plans to set up in a few months a centralised registry for organ donations, to help health authorities identify potential donors.

The Medical Association launched a registry for organ donors in 1994 and 40,000 people have registered. The Hospital Authority's transplant co-ordinators can access the register. The new centralised registry will build on the Medical Association's register and will be maintained by the Department of Health.

When a transplant co-ordinator is alerted that a patient might be brain dead, he would first check the registry to see whether the patient has registered as an organ donor.

The co-ordinator will also ask family members whether they are aware of a patient's intention to donate organs.

If the person has either registered or expressed a wish, such as by carrying a signed organ donation card, the co-ordinators would then seek the consent of the next of kin of the deceased to donate the deceased's organs for transplant.