How do I register?
Registering with the Heart Tissue Bank consists of two steps: signing up and registration. You sign up by requesting the information and consent forms, which you can request here. Please note that currently only native speakers of the Dutch language who live in the Netherlands can register as a future donor with the Heart Tissue Bank.
If you still have questions after receiving the information and consent forms, you can contact us easily via firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 088-2333 699 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00). If you decide to register as a future donor, you need to sign the consent forms and return them to the Heart Tissue Bank with the enclosed return envelope.
When the Heart Tissue Bank has received the fully completed consent forms from you, you will be registered in the Heart Tissue Bank’s donor database and you will receive a codicil card. This card will contain your details as well as the telephone number of the Heart Tissue Bank with which your next of kin can inform us after death.
For a good course of the donation, the support of your closest relatives or friends is necessary. Therefore, we recommend that you discuss donorship decisions with them and have them read the information as well. The Heart Tissue Bank considers it important that the donorship is established in consultation with your relatives.
When you register as a future heart donor, we also ask for the contact details of someone close to you. You can decide for yourself which adult person you want to appoint for this. This can be a spouse, partner, child, another relative or heir, a good friend, your general practitioner or another chosen confidant. If we want to contact you but cannot reach you, we will contact your contact person to ask if your contact details are still correct.
Who can register?
Anyone over the age of 18 that lives in the Netherlands is eligible as a future Heart Tissue Bank donor. Registration is not limited to people with (known) heart diseases. People with heart problems, people with a genetic predisposition to develop heart problems, but also healthy people (so-called control donors) are invited to register as a Heart Tissue Bank donor.
Please note that currently only native speakers of the Dutch language who live in the Netherlands can register as a future donor with the Heart Tissue Bank.
Click here for the complete information letter (in Dutch) about registration as a donor at the Heart Tissue Bank. You will receive this with the information and consent forms when you sign up.