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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

If you are undergoing a procedure at Castle Hill Hospital due to a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of cancer, you can choose to donate tissue to the Daisy Tumour Bank for research.

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 further information on making a donation whilst you are in hospital, please visit the Daisy Tumour Bank webpages or email the Daisy Tumour Bank at dtb@hyms.ac.uk.


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.

Frequently asked questions

Further information

If you have any questions please contact the Bequethal Secretary: bequeath@hyms.ac.uk