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NHS Blood and Organ Donor Registers

Read how the NHS Blood and Organ Donation Registers work and download user reference manuals.

The way you register patient donor preferences is changing

Soon, practices will no longer be able to input Patient Donor Preferences from GMS1 form into Open Exeter. Before this change, your practice will be able to download a new data entry form, the F4H form. This will be accessed via smartcards. 

We expect the new form will be available by mid-July, and that you will no longer be able to use Open Exeter by mid-August 2019.

We will update this page with more information before the new form goes live.

This work was originally planned to have completed by 30 April 2019, but has been delayed. If you have any questions, email exeter.helpdesk@nhs.net.

This is part of a major IT transformation project, which will re-platform current National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) and decommission the Open Exeter browser interface. The NHSBT blood and organ donation preference services are the first to be replaced.

Through the Open Exeter system, NHS England have provided a facility to register potential blood and organ donors on National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) systems. Potential donors can register via the family doctor services registration form (GMS1).

Data from the forms are input into the NHAIS systems by GP practice staff using Open Exeter accounts with the appropriate authorisation. Once input to the NHAIS systems, the records are transmitted automatically to the NHS Digital Bureau Service where the records are collated and transmitted onward to NHS Blood and Transplant for inclusion in the registers.

NHS Blood Donor Register

To join the NHS Blood Donor Register, patients can tick the appropriate box and must give their consent by signing and dating their blood donation preference.

Download the Blood Donor Register User Reference Manual

For more information about blood donation in England visit www.blood.co.uk and in Wales www.welsh-blood.org.uk.

NHS Organ Donor Register

The NHS Organ Donor Register is a confidential list of people who want to donate their organs and/or tissue after their death for transplantation. This information is held by NHS Blood and Transplant and used by authorised medical staff to establish whether a person wanted to donate.


To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, patients can tick the appropriate box(s) to specify if they wish to donate some or all their organs and must give their consent by signing and dating their organ donation preference. There is a ‘deemed’ consent organ donation system in Wales, but patients can still choose to join the register.

Download the NHS Organ Donor Register User Reference Manual

For more information about organ donation in England visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk and in Wales visit www.organdonationwales.org.

Contact details

Contact the Exeter helpdesk by emailing exeter.helpdesk@nhs.net or by calling 0300 303 4034

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Last edited: 31 May 2019 12:25 pm