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Body and tissue donations

We are greatly indebted to those who donate tissue or their body to Hull York Medical School. Your donation is an important resource for training our future healthcare professionals. Donations also assist in our research, helping us to increase understanding and advance developments in the treatment of disease.


Donating your tissue for research

Cancer causes more than one in four deaths in the UK alone and research carried out by institutions, such as Hull York Medical School and the University of Hull, is essential in combatting this. 

The Daisy Tumour Bank has been set up to collect human tissue and blood samples from patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of cancer, undergoing procedures at Castle Hill Hospital in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Through sharing these samples with researchers, the Daisy Tumour Bank provides a resource of biological material to facilitate ethically approved cancer research. It is hoped that research will improve understanding and knowledge of cancer, to benefit patients in the future.

For information for patients, researchers, or to support this resource, please visit the Daisy Tumour Bank website.


Donating your body

We are grateful to those who donate their bodies to us after their death. We use donations in this way for teaching medical professionals, and for medical research.

Bequeathal of bodies is regulated by the Human Tissue Act 2004 and overseen by the Human Tissue Authority.

How to donate your body

In summary, the process for donating your body is as follows:

  1. Discuss your intentions with your next-of-kin and/or your executors.
  2. Complete two copies of the bequeathal form:
    • sign both copies in the presence of a witness
    • ask the witness to sign both copies in your presence
  3. Return one copy of the form to us.
  4. Keep the other copy, together with the rest of the bequeathal information pack, in a safe place, preferably with your will or legal papers. Make sure that your next-of-kin and/or your executors know where the form is.

Full details of this process and consent forms, including a list of pre-existing medical conditions which may mean that we can't accept your bequeathal, are in the bequeathal information pack.

Information for organ donors

Bequeathing your body is not the same as donating your organs for transplantation after your death. To donate your organs, you should join the NHS organ donor register.

If you have joined the organ donor register, you can still bequeath your body for teaching and research. However, if organs are removed from your body at the time of death, this may mean we can't accept your bequeathal at that time. Full details about this restriction are in the bequeathal information pack.

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