Donating Your Body to Medical Science

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Though organ donation has become a relatively well recognised action across the UK not as many people know that they can donate their bodies to medical science if they so choose. Unlike organ donation, in which viable organs are harvested and transplanted into those who need them in order to live, the donation of a body to medical science means that the body is transferred in its entirety to a nearby medical school. There it is used for training purposes. If you are considering donating your body to medical science, please continue reading for some answers to frequently asked questions about this subject.

Why Should I Donate My Body to Medical Science? The donation of bodies to medical science is vital for medical schools. Bodies are used for dissections which are conducted as a method of teaching and learning and they are needed for surgeons to train with. Bodies are sometimes also photographed for teaching and learning purposes.

If I Do Decide to Donate, Does A Medical School Have to Accept My Body? In short, no. Medical schools will only accept bodies once they have had a chance to examine them. Generally medical schools publish guidelines on why they will or will not accept bodies for donation.

What Happens if a Medical School Does Not Accept My Body? If your body is not accepted by a medical school your family will become responsible for your remains.

If My Body Is Accepted, What Happens After It Has Been Used? On the donation form you have the option of whether you would like your body to be used by the medical school for three years or if you would be happy to have the medical school keep it for as long as it is worthwhile for them to do so. Regardless of the option you choose, at the end of that time period your body will be cremated. This cremation will include a short service and will be individual, not a mass cremation. Your ashes may be received by a designated person if you would like them to be.

If I Die Suddenly, Can My Family or Executor Donate My Body for Me? No. Donations can only be made by the individual and must be made in writing using the appropriate forms.

If I Become Incapacitated, Can the Individual with Power of Attorney Donate My Body? No. Again, donations can only be made by the individual and must be made in writing using the appropriate forms.

What Arrangements Must I Make for Donating My Body to Medical Science? You must be over the age of 17 to donate your body to medical science. The wish to donate your body to medical science must be made in writing via a consent form that can be obtained from the Bequethal Secretary of your local medical school. You should send this form back to the school, but retain a copy for your own records and a copy to be kept with your will. You should also express your wish to donate your body to medical science in writing and have it witnessed. Finally, you should inform your next of kin and/or the executor of your will of this wish.

How Can I Find Out More About Donating My Body to Medical Science?

The Human Tissues Authority is the organisation which oversees the donation of bodies to medical science. The HTA can be contacted at www.hta.gov.uk.

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  1. Really want to do this have never managed to get the forms though How can the validation be incorrect there are only 3 letters for heaven’s sake

  2. I have one Kidney , suffer from an under active Thyroid Gland , High Blood Pressure , Yet I feel that when I die Science should be able to view and look at my body in all it’s fraility , not from a perfect eye but from a ,” This is what this woman health was at her time of death ) ” , so as to help Medical Students understand what a body that was failing looked like. I’m a smoker and feel my lungs would be of interest , I have had four children, surely my bones would be of use. I had cancer and should’ve died at 27yrs old yet I’m now ( @ time of writing ) 57yrs old. I’m also of Afro-Carribean -Irish DNA, I know not many of us from my background who offer up our bodies to Science.

  3. I have already left my remains to a medical school in the north of England and then my son will recieve my ashes three years later.This procedure has obviously been discussed with him at great length as I have always been very open about death .The greatest good we can do after death is to donate organs or our body. Write or email your local medical school and they will send you the forms to fill in.

  4. can you please supply address,s of who to register your body to science.i live in brighton sussen,england.

  5. I don’t know where my ‘local medical school’ is. All write ups say the form must be obtained from The Bereavement Officer of the school. Can you please supply the address of the school relative to Shildon, County Durham DL4. Thank you- Jan

  6. I would like to donatae my body following death…I live in Consett Co.Durham Who can I speak too regarding this matter

  7. I am suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis and would like to leave my body for research into this field and help to find a treatmen for this condition. How do I go abou getting the relavant forms.

  8. I would like to consider donating my body after my death but I am not sure if there is a medical school in my area. Can you please advise me as to this regard. I live in the north manchester area (bury). Thankyou PB.

  9. i want any infomation on leaving my body to medical science, and any forms required to FLAT B 58 DALMORTON ROAD , NEWBRIGHTON, WIRRAL, MERSEYSIDE CH45 1LF

  10. I do not know where my local ‘ Medicl School is ‘ so I can contact them for the correct forms. Many thanks. Fred.

  11. My father donated his body to Leeds University as he lived in Carlisle, however, they were unable to accept him as they were full. My father died at hospital in Winchester, Hampshire and the Bereavement Officer at the Hospital suggest I try Southampton or the London Anatomy Office as they will take referrals. Unfortunately, Southampton were also full, however the London Anatomy Office were able to take him. It was such a relief to be able to carry out his request, albeit not to the school he had requested. They arranged to come and collect Dad from Winchester and transport him to London (£200 fee). He was adamant that he wanted others to benefit from his body after he died after hearing an article on the radio about the UK having to import bodies from abroad for our futrure Drs and surgeons to learn on!. I am now filling in the forms to donate myself to Southampton as I live within their catchment area currently.

  12. @Bazz. Your nearest medical school accepting body donations is the University of Cambridge. The contact details are as follows: Lynn Haythorpe, Dept of Anatomy, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3DY. Tel: 01223 333776.

  13. I have filled in forms for the London School of Anatomy for the event of my death. Of course, I may be some distance away at the time. Is there are general form I can fill in so that the nearest school of anatomy may receive it?

  14. @ Rudi. No, arrangements would be made to take your body to the medical organisation you have your agreement with.

  15. I have bought and paid for my funeral but would like to donate my body to medical research. Can I still do this?

  16. @Linda Lou. Yes you can still do this, but you need to make sure the medical school and your family are aware of your wishes. The medical school will return the body for the funeral.

  17. Are you aware of any self help groups or on-line forums to help the relatives of donors to medical science? My mum in law donated her body to the LAO. Our local bereavement counselling service have never come across this situation so cannot offer specific help. I have emailed the LAO but have had no response and cannot find anything on their site

  18. ars later.Thisprocedure has obviously been discussed with him at great length as I have always been very open about death .The greatest good we can do after death is to donate organs or our body. Write or email your local medical school and they will send you the forms to fill in.

  19. My father in law wanted to donate his body to medical science. Unfortunately when he died we found that all the legalities in relation to the paperwork were not suffice so we could carry out his wishes We therfore wish to donate the collection taken at his funeral to medical science research. Does anyonehave any contact names or telephone numbers so that we can forward the money.

  20. i live in the dumbartonshire area were is the nearest med school and info on where to obtain the necassary forms to donate ones body?many thanks for any info sent.kindest regards.angeleyes.

  21. @Angeleyes. Try the Health Quality and Safety Branch G.ER, St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG. 0131 244 2711

  22. I want to donate my body for medical research so that Doctors and medical staff may learn .Where do I get the appropriate forms or can you send them to me. I live in Southport Merseyside

  23. I live in kilmarnock east ayrshire, could you please tell me the nearest place I could donate my body after death. Could you please send me the forms for me to do this.

  24. @Speedy. Here is the address you should write to: Health Quality and Safety Branch G.ER, St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG

  25. Hi my mum wants to donate her body i just wanted to no what happens when you have finish with her body as been told i could get her ashes also she as had a hysterectomy will she be accepted to donate as i dont no nothing about donating a body thank you

  26. I have metastatic breast cancer and would like my body to be used for research. Is this possible?

  27. Just wanted to say that my amazing Nana donated her body 6 months ago and I could not be prouder!! Tomorrow my family and I will attend a thanks giving service in her honour at the Liverpool Cathedral. I have definitely been inspired to follow in my Nana’s wishes to become a donor

  28. I have always said from early age my body will go to teach up and coming students . I will never won’t my family to pay for funeral I won’t then to party on . I won’t people to learn this is how not to treat your body . I won’t people to use my body and learn .

  29. I leave in Derbyshire, how do I go about leaving my body to for research and do I need to contact a local hospital.

  30. I live in Norwich and am considering leaving my body to science, before that can I they still take my organs before the rest of me is donated or has it got to be the whole body. And who do I get in contact with.

  31. I am over 60 & don’t have any family to deal with my body if it wasn’t accepted for what ever reason. In that case what would happen to my body?

  32. Hazel4711 – Your Question:

    I am over 60 & don’t have any family to deal with my body if it wasn’t accepted for what ever reason. In that case what would happen to my body?


    Our Response:

    You still have a funeral/burial even if you donate your body to medical science. Make sure you leave instructions with a trusted friend or solicitor to make your funeral arrangements if you have no family.

  33. I was born with saethra chotzen syndrome and would like to donate my body to help find anything about the syndrome Now I am 70 yrs old I would like to know whether it is possible to leave my body to that organisation Thank you Sylvia

  34. Mini sheep – Your Question:

    I was born with saethra chotzen syndrome and would like to donate my body to help find anything about the syndromeNow I am 70 yrs old I would like to know whether it is possible to leave my body to that organisationThank you Sylvia


    Our Response:

    You have to go through the Human Tissue Authority to donate your body for research. Find the relevant medical school here

  35. Marie – Your Question:

    I am in Deal near Dover, Kent. Please tell me my nearest bequeathed hospital for body donation.


    Our Response:

    The nearest one to you is the The London Anatomy office
    5.7, 5th Floor Hodgkin Building
    King’s College London
    London
    SE1 1UL
    020 7848 8042

  36. I wish to donate my body for medical research I live in Gloucestershire I was a nurse for many years and I know how important it is to learn on real bodies

  37. Hi I live in Bolton Lancashire and have told my family that I want my body to go to medical science whete is the nearest hospital for this?

  38. patty – Your Question:

    I wish to donate my body for medical research I live in Gloucestershire I was a nurse for many years and I know how important it is to learn on real bodies


    Our Response:

    Your nearest medical school is likely to be the Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy, Southwell Street, Bristol, BS2 8EJ. Sue Foot: 0117 954 6203 or email sue.foot@bristol.ac.uk

  39. TAJA – Your Question:

    Hi I live in Bolton Lancashire and have told my family that I want my body to go to medical science whete is the nearest hospital for this?


    Our Response:

    The nearest medical school for you to donate your body for science is the University of Manchester. Contact details are on this page

  40. Firstly which is the nearest place/university etc to me living in Devizes, that would take my body? and secondly what happens if you die in a different location? John

  41. Hello, i live in Merseyside and was born with congenital heart defect and now have Pulmonary Hypertension so its only time for me now. I would like if possible to donate my body to a Heart Teaching Hospital. Which would be my nearest please would it be Broadgreen Thankyou

  42. Blikki – Your Question:

    Firstly which is the nearest place/university etc to me living in Devizes, that would take my body?and secondly what happens if you die in a different location?John


    Our Response:

    The nearest place is Oxford Bequest Office,Tel: 01865 272181 bequests@dpag.ox.ac.uk. Once you’ve registered with them, you should also inform your next of kin etc. Your wishes will be noted and arrangements can be made to transfer your body in the event that you die in a different location.

  43. llamedos – Your Question:

    Hello, I live in Merseyside and was born with congenital heart defect and now have Pulmonary Hypertension so its only time for me now. I would like if possible to donate my body to a Heart Teaching Hospital. Which would be my nearest please would it be Broadgreen Thankyou


    Our Response:

    It’s the University of Liverpool – Medical school and the contact is Dee Tully, 0151 794 5442 or email body-donation@liverpool.ac.uk

  44. So my father donated his body to medical science at Keele university Staffordshire. When they have finished would I be able to collect them to spread closer to my own home (Wiltshire)?

  45. Rob23 – Your Question:

    So my father donated his body to medical science at Keele university Staffordshire. When they have finished would I be able to collect them to spread closer to my own home (Wiltshire)?


    Our Response:

    Yes the ashes will be given back to a designated person who can then choose whether to keep them or scatter them.

  46. hello, i am considering donating my body to medical research but i also have strong beliefs about finding alternatives to animal expereimentation and was wondering if you knew of any organisations where i could donate my body but it would be used in finding alternatives to using animals for medical research thank you

  47. Rachel – Your Question:

    Hello, I am considering donating my body to medical research but I also have strong beliefs about finding alternatives to animal expereimentation and was wondering if you knew of any organisations where I could donate my body but it would be used in finding alternatives to using animals for medical researchthank you


    Our Response:

    Most medical schools will not specify exactly how your body donation would be used as it would depend on what projects were underway at the time of your death. You could try contacting the Human Tissue Authority for more information.

  48. Hi there, I am considering donating my body to medical science. I am 46yrs old now, I have suffered from depression for around 30 years I have Severe Chronic COPD (A Lung transplant may be possible in the future) I have also had Cervical Cancer which resulted in a Wertheim’s hysterectomy. My question is, would it be worth me donating my body seeing as there isn’t a lot left working?

  49. After watching this on TV I am seriously considering this but after you have finished with the body who cremates and is the cost passed back to living family members?

  50. Sarah – Your Question:

    Hi there, I am considering donating my body to medical science.I am 46yrs old now, I have suffered from depression for around 30 yearsI have Severe Chronic COPD (A Lung transplant may be possible in the future)I have also had Cervical Cancer which resulted in a Wertheim’s hysterectomy.My question is, would it be worth me donating my body seeing as there isn’t a lot left working?


    Our Response:

    We’re sure they can still find “useful parts” to work on 🙂 Try contacting your nearest accepting medical school , they’ll be able to tell you for sure.

  51. Gillian23 – Your Question:

    After watching this on TV I am seriously considering this but after you have finished with the body who cremates and is the cost passed back to living family members?


    Our Response:

    The cremation is usually organised by the relevant medical school at no cost to the family. Sometimes a family will be asked for costs if there are unusual costs involved such as transportation etc.

  52. My dad has left his body to medical science. I have not heard from him for 2 yrs is there anyway i can find out if this has happened . Tried many avenues just need answers

  53. I would like to leave my body to medical science for these reasons (1) obviously for medical advance’s (2) I don’t believe in the pompous ceremony untitled ‘a funeral’ (3) what a complete rip off . I’m dead its a carcass ,I really don’t care weather I’m put in a sack and chucked in the river … Or just chucked in an incinerator but two people singing the words ” a leg and a wing to see the king ” … But really if I can be of some use when dead can’t be a bad thing if it will help the human race as a hole

  54. I have had a total hysterectomy including removal of my cervix and ovaries, I would like to donate my body but wonder how valuable this would be considering that my entire reproductive system is missing?

  55. GailSoo – Your Question:

    I have had a total hysterectomy including removal of my cervix and ovaries, I would like to donate my body but wonder how valuable this would be considering that my entire reproductive system is missing?


    Our Response:

    There will be research that can be carried out on many of your other organs. Get in touch with your local medical school and ask what the procedure is; you’ll find them very helpful.

  56. Hi, I’m very interested in donating my body to medical science, could you please tell me where the nearest medical school to myself is and how I g about sorting this out. Thankyou

  57. Hi, diagnosed with Parkinsons in 2006 otherwise in quite good condition. Will my body be accepted for medical science, if so, where and who is my nearest contact please ? Iive in Sale -Manchester. Thank You

  58. I am thinking of leaving my body to medical science. Where do I get the relevant forms? I think Birmingham is my nearest university.

  59. Wardy – Your Question:

    I am thinking of leaving my body to medical science. Where do I get the relevant forms? I think Birmingham is my nearest university.


    Our Response:

    Here is the contact information for the Birmingham Medical School: Jean Brooks, Tel: 0121 414 6811, j.s.brooks@bham.ac.uk

  60. Hi, I am interested in leaving my body to medical science and would be very grateful if you could give me details of the nearest Medical University/College. I am 50 years old and have Multiple Sclerosis and am currently being tested for lung problems. I live in St Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex.

  61. After having open heart surgery with aortic valve replacement also root inside heart repaired..also having type 2 diabetes.. I would like to donate my body after my death for use to medical students at Newcastle Uni.. Having been in nd out of hospital having pacemakers fitted and currently have a defibrilater type fitted. Many student doctors have examined me and found my medical condition ‘amazing’ and cant believe im still alive..So this is my wish to repay and help those who do a remarkable job and for future doctors/nurses/surgeons..

  62. sanny – Your Question:

    Im thinking of donating my body can you please tell me who to contact near to me im in ayrshire scotland


    Our Response:

    You should be able to find the relevant medical school here

  63. i would like to donate my body to medical science. I live in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. How do I go about this?

  64. this is arun from india age 29 m . I have donet my body for madical recarch . Where r contate … My whats aap number +91 9300867571.

  65. I live in leeds and want to leave my body to science do I speak to my doctor about this and I’ve being told that you get payed to do this is this correct

  66. christine – Your Question:

    I live in leeds and want to leave my body to science do I speak to my doctor about this and I’ve being told that you get payed to do this is this correct


    Our Response:

    Contact: Sarah Wilson at Leeds Medical School on 0113 343 4297, email: s.j.moore@leeds.ac.uk or write to:
    The Division of Anatomy
    Leeds Institute of Medical Education
    Leeds
    LS2 9JT
    You do not usually get paid to donate your body for medical research. You might have to pay some costs (from your estate when you die) towards transportation of your body etc

  67. I would love to donate my body, I live in Nottinghamshire could you please provide me wit a contact number or e-mail, Thankd

  68. I would definitely like to leave my body to Medical Science but don’t know who to contact in my area. I live in Kensington, London. Can you help at all? Many thanks. Moo

  69. Buster – Your Question:

    I would love to donate my body, I live in Nottinghamshire could you please provide me wit a contact number or e-mail, Thankd


    Our Response:

    The contact for your local medical school is: Alison Bexon on 0115 823 0143 or email alison.bexon@nottingham.ac.uk.
    You can also write to: Anatomy Office
    School of Life Sciences
    Queen’s Medical Centre
    Nottingham
    NG7 2UH

  70. Lavinia – Your Question:

    My mum would like to donate her body to science she lives in Glasgow Scotland


    Our Response:

    Your contact is Ann Marie Mellish at
    University of Glasgow
    The Laboratory of Human Anatomy
    Glasgow
    G12 8AA
    Email annmarie.mellish@glasgow.ac.uk
    Tel: 0141 330 5397

  71. Moo – Your Question:

    I would definitely like to leave my body to Medical Science but don’t know who to contact in my area. I live in Kensington, London. Can you help at all? Many thanks. Moo


    Our Response:

    Your contact details are:
    Donations Officer Tel: 020 7848 8042
    lao@kcl.ac.uk
    or write to:
    The London Anatomy office
    5.7, 5th Floor Hodgkin Building
    King’s College London
    London
    SE1 1UL

  72. ned – Your Question:

    I live in hull and would like to donate my body when I die. Can you tell me who I should contact please.


    Our Response:

    Contact Hull York Medical School
    Jackie Houlton on 01482 464750 or email Jackie.houlton@hyms.ac.uk

  73. Glen – Your Question:

    I’d like to leave my body to science I live in Southampton Hampshire who do I get in touch with


    Our Response:

    You can contact:
    Hayley Rawlings at the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences on 02381 205763 or email H.Rawlings@southampton.ac.uk. The mail address is:
    Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences
    Mailpoint 845, South Academic Block
    Southampton General Hospital
    Southampton
    SO16 6Y

  74. Bex – Your Question:

    I’d like to leave my body to science I live in Suffolk how do I find out what I have to do regards Rebecca


    Our Response:

    You need to contact: Lynn Haythorpe at the Human Anatomy Centre of Cambridge University. Her number is: 01223 333776 or email leh42@cam.ac.uk. You can also write to:
    The Human Anatomy Centre, Dept PDN
    University of Cambridge
    Downing Street
    Cambridge
    CB2 3DY

  75. I would like to leave my body to medical science I’m from Doncaster who would I get in touch with about this O Out this O thisTOm

  76. I would definitely like to donate my body to medical science. Please can you tell me who I contact. I live in Brighton East Sussex. Thank you

  77. Mandy – Your Question:

    I would definitely like to donate my body to medical science. Please can you tell me who I contact. I live in Brighton East Sussex. Thank you


    Our Response:

    You can contact the donations officer at Kings College London as follows:
    Tel: 020 7848 8042 or email lao@kcl.ac.uk.
    Or write to
    The London Anatomy office
    5.7, 5th Floor Hodgkin Building
    King’s College London
    London
    SE1 1UL

  78. I live in Cardiff and have been considering leaving my body to medical science. Can you please tell me who I contact to make further enquiries? Also, once my body is finished with, will it be disposed of by the medical establishment or does the remains have to be handed back to next of kin for burial? Kind regards, Philip

  79. phizzyt – Your Question:

    I live in Cardiff and have been considering leaving my body to medical science. Can you please tell me who I contact to make further enquiries?Also, once my body is finished with, will it be disposed of by the medical establishment or does the remains have to be handed back to next of kin for burial?Kind regards,Philip


    Our Response:

    Your medical school is at University of Cardiff, School of Biosciences. Contact: Mr Swaran Yarnell, Mrs Lisa Jones or Ms Bethan McCarthy on 02920 874370 or on the following emails respectively: yarnellsg@cardiff.ac.uk, meadl1@cardiff.ac.uk, mccarthyb2@cardiff.ac.uk.
    Your remains are given back for burial.

  80. I live in Helston Cornwall and would like to arrange to leave my body to medical science. Could you give me details of how this can be arranged and as I have no family, what will happen if the medical school decline my body?

  81. Hi – I live in East Kent….who (and where) would I need to contact to leave my body to medical science? Kind regards

  82. Susan Harrison – Your Question:

    Why would a Medical School refuse a body?


    Our Response:

    These are the reasons the Human Tissue Authority gives:
    “All medical schools welcome the offer of a donation. However, certain medical conditions may lead to the offer being declined. Medical schools can give you more information about these conditions and any other reasons why a body donation may be declined.
    Post-mortem examination (sometimes referred to as an ‘autopsy’) is an important reason why a medical school might decline the offer of a body donation. We recommend that potential donors and their families are prepared to consider alternative arrangements in these circumstances, which can arise unexpectedly. Depending on the circumstances of a person’s death, a Coroner might require, by law, that a post-mortem examination takes place.
    It is important to note that medical schools might not be able to accept donated bodies during holiday periods, such as Christmas.”
    More information

  83. I would like to donate my body to medical science. I live in Wiltshire, please could you tell me who I need to contact? Thank you.

  84. Tim – Your Question:

    I would like to donate my body to medical science. I live in Wiltshire, please could you tell me who I need to contact? Thank you.


    Our Response:

    Depending on the area of Wiltshire you’re in, then it will be the medical schools at either Oxford or Bristol. Contact details are as follows:
    Oxford Bequest Office
    Tel: 01865 272181
    bequests@dpag.ox.ac.uk
    or Bristol Medical School
    Contact: Sue Foot
    Tel: 0117 954 6203
    sue.foot@bristol.ac.uk

  85. I live in Barnsley area of Yorkshire & wish to leave my body to Medical Science. Please advise who I should Contact. PUT

  86. We are both thinking off donating our bodies to science on death but don ‘know how to go about this, we live in the east Yorkshire area of uk could you please let us know how.

  87. mr&mrsroberts – Your Question:

    We are both thinking off donating our bodies to science on death but don ‘know how to go about this, we live in the east Yorkshire area of uk could you please let us know how.


    Our Response:

    We don’t know exactly where you are in East Yorkshire but it’s likely that one of two medical schools will accept body donations. Contacts for Sheffield University are: Jane Collins or Wendy Howard, tel:0114 222 4642 or email j.collins@sheffield.ac.uk or w.howard@sheffield.ac.uk. You could also write to: The Medical Teaching Unit, Department of Biomedical Science, Addison Building, Sheffield, S10 2TN.
    Contact for Hull University is Jackie Houlton, tel: 01482 464750 email Jackie.houlton@hyms.ac.uk. Or write to University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX

  88. I’ve had heart attack & damaged arteries if I die of heart failure would I still be accepted for medical science? I used to drink heavily too (not now) so could also have enlarged liver. What’s the age limit?

  89. Debbie – Your Question:

    I’ve had heart attack & damaged arteries if I die of heart failure would I still be accepted for medical science? I used to drink heavily too (not now) so could also have enlarged liver. What’s the age limit?


    Our Response:

    The best thing to do would be to ask your nearest medical school that accepts donations. They may be interested in examining organs that have been damaged etc.

  90. FacingBereavement – Your Question:
    longprick – Your Question:
    Can any family or friends attend the cremation?

    .


    Our Response:

    Our Response:

    Sometimes a medical school will hold a service – you should contact the relevant medical school to see what their policy.

  91. I have already signed the body donation forms. Someone local I know had her donation refused when she died. I know this may happen. Several people have said that it is less likely that your body would be accepted as you age. Is this true? Does the liklehood decline when you are 70, 80, 90? I ask because if as I age it becomes less and less likely then I would want to buy a funeral plan to make it all easier for my daughter and might regretfully consider withdrawing my donation.

  92. Sonia – Your Question:

    I have already signed the body donation forms. Someone local I know had her donation refused when she died. I know this may happen. Several people have said that it is less likely that your body would be accepted as you age. Is this true? Does the liklehood decline when you are 70, 80, 90? I ask because if as I age it becomes less and less likely then I would want to buy a funeral plan to make it all easier for my daughter and might regretfully consider withdrawing my donation.


    Our Response:

    You will need to ask your own medical school (where you signed the forms) for more information about this.

  93. Hello, I’m in a quandry. I am on the donor register but also thinking of donating my body to medical science. The idea of extending someone elses life through donation is obviously very appealing. I understand that the body has to be intact for it to be donated to science. Is it possible to be listed as both so that if body parts cant be used then my body can then be donated? I guess the other option is to opt for medical science if I become terminally ill. Also is it possible to choose the University you wish to donate your body to? I work for a University and I would like my body donated to the place I work. Thank you.

  94. Jane – Your Question:

    Hello,I’m in a quandry. I am on the donor register but also thinking of donating my body to medical science. The idea of extending someone elses life through donation is obviously very appealing. I understand that the body has to be intact for it to be donated to science. Is it possible to be listed as both so that if body parts cant be used then my body can then be donated?I guess the other option is to opt for medical science if I become terminally ill.Also is it possible to choose the University you wish to donate your body to? I work for a University and I would like my body donated to the place I work.Thank you.


    Our Response:

    Contact the relevant medical school and ask for answers to these questions. Many of them have slightly different policies. You can find out which medical schools accept body donations etc here

  95. I live in Hayle, in Cornwall I have registered as a donor but I wish to give permission for my Brain to be made available for medical science on my Death with the hope of helping with mental health, what do I need to do??

  96. bessie – Your Question:

    I live in Hayle, in Cornwall I have registered as a donor but I wish to give permission for my Brain to be made available for medical science on my Death with the hope of helping with mental health, what do I need to do??


    Our Response:

    Contact the Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy at University of Bristol, Southwell Street, Bristol, BS2 8EJ, The contact details are: Sue Foot, Tel: 0117 954 6203 or email sue.foot@bristol.ac.uk

  97. If you were to donate your body to science could it be used as part of a televison programme? Its something I would do but the thought of that does not sit well with me. If there was an option to “opt out’ would you need to specify this

  98. My wife and I wish to leave our whole bodies to medical and or science. We/ live in Cyprus at present. Please can you tell us who to contact

  99. My beautiful daughter, Christina died on the 29th September last month. She was my world. When I mentioned to her that I wanted to donate my body, she was horrified. Now Christina has gone I would like to donate my body.i hope I am accepted .

  100. I want to leave my body to medical research. How do I and can you send me the forms I need to fill in and sign.

  101. I want to donate my body to science after my death which is nearmedical hospital i can contact i live in newcastle tyne wear thank you miss patricia herron

  102. Patherron – Your Question:

    I want to donate my body to science after my death which is nearmedical hospital I can contact I live in newcastle tyne wear thank you miss patricia herron


    Our Response:

    Newcastle University is your nearest one. Contact: Hayley Clark, 0191 208 6616 or email anatomy.bequests@ncl.ac.uk

  103. Me and my wife would like to leave are body to medical school,we live in reading Berkshire.how do we go about let .thank you

  104. Baz – Your Question:

    Me and my wife would like to leave are body to medical school,we live in reading Berkshire.how do we go about let.thank you


    Our Response:

    The contact details for the London Anatomy Office medical school are as follows:
    Donations Officer
    Tel: 020 7848 8042
    email@ lao@kcl.ac.uk
    Post:
    The London Anatomy office
    5.7, 5th Floor Hodgkin Building
    King’s College London
    London
    SE1 1UL

  105. I am considering leaving my body to medical science on my death as my mother and grandfather did the same I am 61 at the moment and nursing where would I get the reverent forms I stay in Aberdeen Scotland thank you

  106. Moo – Your Question:

    I am considering leaving my body to medical science on my death as my mother and grandfather did the same I am 61 at the moment and nursing where would I get the reverent forms I stay in Aberdeen Scotland thank you


    Our Response:

    Contact Jane Patterson on 01224 274 320 / 01224 272 000 or email jane.patterson@abdn.ac.uk at the University of Aberdeen.

  107. I would like to donate my body to medical research. where do I contact regarding this? I live in Ayrshire (Kilmarnock area).

  108. I live in Virginia Water Surrey aged 62 and am interested in leaving my body to science on my death can you please advise where my nearest medical centre is that deal with this Thank you

  109. Lunda – Your Question:

    I live in Virginia Water Surrey aged 62 and am interested in leaving my body to science on my death can you please advise where my nearest medical centre is that deal with thisThank you


    Our Response:

    Yes it’s the London Anatomy Office, details as follows:
    Donations Officer
    The London Anatomy office
    5.7, 5th Floor Hodgkin Building
    King’s College London
    London
    SE1 1UL
    Tel: 020 7848 8042
    lao@kcl.ac.uk

  110. Please would you let me know how I go about donating my body to a local medical school? I live in Norwich, Norfolk. Thank you.

  111. I would like to donated my body to medical science research upon my death. I have a son who lossed his liver, due to unknown courses. He survived thx to a 12 year old donor. My granddaughter has a rare illness which is called AHC. Can I still donated my body upon death to medical science research. I live in Manhattan, New York City. Thank you .

  112. Eve – Your Question:

    I would like to donated my body to medical science research upon my death. I have a son who lossed his liver, due to unknown courses. He survived thx to a 12 year old donor. My granddaughter has a rare illness which is called AHC. Can I still donated my body upon death to medical science research. I live in Manhattan, New York City. Thank you.


    Our Response:

    Sorry, but as we’re UK based, we can only offer information about UK institutions and regulations.

  113. I would love to leave my body to medical science when I die but I am also on organ donor list How or who do I contact to organise this please I live in Lowestoft, Suffolk

  114. Summo – Your Question:

    I would love to leave my body to medical science when I die but I am also on organ donor list How or who do I contact to organise this pleaseI live in Lowestoft, Suffolk


    Our Response:

    It’s Norwich Medical School – University of East Anglia. Contact: Mrs Sue O’Connor, 01603 591104 or email: anatomy@uea.ac.uk

  115. I understand why I can no longer be an organ doner now that I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. However I would imagine my body would still be of use to medical science. Is this the case and if so whom do I contact? I live in Cornwall

  116. Cabbagerose – Your Question:

    I understand why I can no longer be an organ doner now that I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. However I would imagine my body would still be of use to medical science. Is this the case and if so whom do I contact? I live in Cornwall


    Our Response:

    The university of Bristol – Medical school accepts donated bodies from the Cornwall area. Contact details are as follows: Sue Foot, 0117 954 6203 or email: anat-bequestoffice@bristol.ac.uk

  117. Hi my dad has always talked about his body going to medical science we know it is his wish to do it but back in november he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma grade 4 my mum has said he hasent got a will so not sure if he actually went ahead and filled the forms out is there a way of knowing if he has done it? Also does it have to be in a will? Thank you

  118. a word of caution. the brother of a friend of mine had donated his body. When near death, he was put on life support system. However, when a body is donated, the person has to die naturally, so the machine was turned off, and it took three days for the person to die naturally. The family went through an additional agony to their grief, having to wait around for the actual death. it was a horrifying situation for them. I don’t know if this is the case in all hospitals, but you need to check.

  119. I am classed as clinically obese and think medical science may be able to learn a lot from from my dead body if so how do I go about putting things in place for when I die I have spoken to my children who are fully aware of my wishes after I die

  120. Hi my dad died in 1994 of non Hodgkin lymphoma and donated his body to medical science His partner at the time won’t tell me what happened Can I retrieve my dad’s ashes as I need to lay him to rest Any advice will be most helpful. I’m so proud that he has done this but I need him back

  121. I would like to donate my body to medical study after my death. Can you post me a form to A fom to complete. I don’t have access to a printer.

  122. The donator – Your Question:

    I would like to donate my body to medical study after my death. Can you post me a form to A fom to complete. I don’t have access to a printer.


    Our Response:

    We don’t have the forms here. You need to contact the relevant medical school. Here is where to look

  123. I want to leave my body to medical science when I die. Please send me the necessary forms for completion, and information on the nearest involved hospital and outline the procedure, I live in Hampshire Thank you.

  124. i have a brain tumor and cvid and ild lungs i want to know with these illnesses can i donate my body when will i know if my body will be accepted as i will want to start sorting buriel if not also how do i get forms i live westminster london

  125. Well – don’t bother with Nottingham Uni Life Sciences. My mother left her body to them. They said “don’t worry we have 5 days to decide if we want it” and after 4 days said “no”. They don’t appreciate at all there is a family that needs to know if they need to arrange a funeral or not – they were more concerned with trying to get people “in between meetings” to make a decision.

  126. i wish to donate my body for sience and i wish you to send me a form 28albert place nr14″jl thankyou

  127. I have osteoarthritis in both hips and would like to donate my body to medical science as I feel it may be useful for orthopaedic medical students. I live in Bedford, UK. Can you tell me who I should contact please – thank you.

  128. I would like to leave my body to science when I’m gone. I have Rheumatoid arthritis and a fusion on my lower spine. Would they accept my body with these issues. Thank you in advance

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