Give the Gift of Life this Organ Donation Week
This Organ Donation Week (26 September to 2 October) NHS Blood and Transplant and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust are calling on people to register their donation decision and talk to their families about organ donation as more than 6,500 people are actively waiting for a transplant across the UK.
Around 397,740 people in Buckinghamshire have already declared their decision through the NHS Organ Donor Register. However, people need to tell their family to help ensure they support their decision if they are approached about organ donation by a specialist nurse in hospital. When a family are approached, 9 out of 10 families will agree to donation if they know their family member was on the Organ Donor Register and talked about their decision.
Even though the law around organ donation has now changed across England, Scotland and Wales, family members will still always be consulted before organ donation goes ahead. This means it is still just as important as ever to register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and ensure your friends and family know what you want.
Andrew McLaren, Chief Medical Officer said: “Knowing what your relative wanted, helps families support their decision around organ donation at what is often a difficult time.
“We need more people in Buckinghamshire to talk with their loved ones about organ donation to give them the certainty they need to support their organ donation decision.”
This week, the Trust is supporting the campaign by hosting information stands with pink goodies for patients, visitors and staff at the Rotunda Restaurant, Stoke Mandeville Hospital on 28th September 12-2pm and the main reception, Wycombe Hospital on 29th September 12-1pm.
In addition, over the last year the Trust has installed new NHS Organ Donor lift wraps at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to match the ones at Wycombe Hospital. Also two patient storyboards about corneal donation have been installed, one is located next the Organ Donor Memorial, in the corridor near the x-ray department at Stoke Mandeville and the other is at Wycombe Hospital in the main reception.
To find out more and register your decision, visit the NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family. Users of the NHS app, can also use this to record, check or amend their details or decision.