THE number of organs donated for transplant varies in different regions of the UK, according to a new study.
Although the numbers of people on the donor register is increasing in Scotland, the annual number of organs harvested north of the border has fallen over the study period.
The researchers looked at organs transplanted after death, using data from NHS Blood and Transplant for all four UK countries for the period 1990 to 2009.
They found that across the UK the number of heart transplants was falling while the number of lung transplants had risen. The number of corneal transplants was lowest in Northern Ireland.
Scotland had the second highest number of people registered as organ donors after Wales. England had the third highest and Northern Ireland the lowest. The number of people registered as organ donors in Scotland rose from less than 1 per cent in 1994 to 34 per cent in 2009.