Life waiting for a kidney donor
4 November 2010 Last updated at 03:40 GMT
A record 3,706 organ transplants took place in the UK last year, an increase of 5% on the previous 12 months.
But NHS Blood and Transplant said there was still a long waiting list, with three people a day dying because of a lack of a suitable organ.
One of the reasons for the increase is the success of the UK donor register, but the refusal of relatives to allow donation often remains a key obstacle.
Patient Christine Meiklejohn explains what life is like for her while waiting for a kidney donor.