School of Medical Education

Donate Your Body

Donate Your Body

Bequest of a body for anatomical examination, education or training

Our license from the Human Tissue Authority allows us to perform Anatomical Examinations on donated bodies, and store and use them for the purposes of education, training and research. This would be at Newcastle Medical School and our satellite sites, the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre at the Freeman Hospital and the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at James Cook University Hospital.

We also work with other Medical Schools and departments to ensure that we can use as many donations as possible, so we may also direct your bequest to another facility licensed by the Human Tissue Authority.

Donations can only be made with the consent of the donor in writing, to make a bequest please obtain a bequest pack containing all the necessary information and consent forms from:

The Bequeathal Secretary Anatomy and Clinical Skills School of Medical Education Newcastle University Framlington Place Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel No: 0191 208 6616 or 0191 208 6969 Email:

Bequest packs can also be downloaded here Body Donation Information Pack (PDF: 414KB) 

Bequest Registration

You should read through the bequest pack and discuss your wishes with your next-of-kin/executor so that they know your intentions and are willing to carry out your wishes after your death. In order to register your bequest, you will need to complete two Bequest Consent Forms in the presence of a witness (this may be a spouse/partner, next-of-kin, executor, friend, solicitor, etc). One copy should be returned to the Bequeathal Secretary so that your name can be included in our register of potential donors. The second copy should be retained by you.

It is not possible to guarantee the acceptance of any bequest at any time. The main reasons for non-acceptance are if:

  • there has to be a Coroner's post mortem;
  • a person dies abroad;
  • there is a severe infection (e.g. hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, MRSA, septicaemia);
  • a person has Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia of unknown cause; a person has had a recent operation (where the wound has not healed);
  • a person has bed sores, varicose ulcers, oedema. 

It is possible to consider bequests from donors who have cancer.

Procedure at the Time of Death A death should be notified to the Bequeathal Secretary by telephone as soon as possible during normal office hours Mondays to Fridays on 0191 2086616. A decision regarding the acceptance of the bequest will be made as quickly as possible. For deaths occurring over a weekend, arrangements should be made for the body to be moved to a local funeral director (with refrigeration facilities) and then telephone us on the next working day.