Plea for Wiltshire and Hampshire families to talk about organ donation

Plea for Wiltshire and Hampshire families to talk about organ donation

Published at 8:22am 2nd September 2019. (Updated at 12:01pm 2nd September 2019)

Have you had that all important conversation with your family?

During Organ Donation Week which starts today (2nd September) NHS Blood and Transplant are urging people to talk to their families about organ donation to increase the number of people whose lives can be saved or transformed by an organ transplant. 

Last year 40 people in Wiltshire had their lives saved by a transplant and a 118 in Hampshire.

WAITING LIST:

There are currently 55 people in Wiltshire on the waiting list for life-saving organs whilst in Hampshire the figure is 165.

Every day across the UK around three people who could have benefited from a transplant die because there aren't enough organs.

MAJOR CHANGES TO THE LAW:

Next year, the law around organ donation is changing in England. 

From spring 2020, all adults will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

In the lead up to the change in law, NHS Blood and Transplant is urging families across England to talk about their organ donation decision, with the campaign message 'Pass it on'.

NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donation Pass It On

Even after the law has changed, families will continue to be approached before organ donation goes ahead. Knowing what their relative wanted, helps families support their decision at a difficult time. 

A recent survey of adults in England for NHS Blood and Transplant found that while 84% agreed it was important to let those closest to you know your views on organ donation, only 40% had shared their organ donation decision with their family or partner.

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: 

"We need more people in Wiltshire and Hampshire to talk about organ donation to increase the number of lifesaving transplants.

"Even after the law around organ donation changes next year, families will still be approached before organ donation goes ahead. So it remains so important to talk to your families about your views.

"Register your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family the choice you have made. If the time comes, we know families find the organ donation conversation with nurses or medical teams much easier if they already know what their relative wanted."

One donor can save or transform up to nine lives through organ donation and save and transform even more by donating tissue.

Find out more and register your decision by visiting NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.

 

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