REVEALED: How many people in Wiltshire need an organ transplant?

REVEALED: How many people in Wiltshire need an organ transplant?

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:50am 23rd July 2020.

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Figures from NHS Blood and Transplant also show how many people 'gave the gift of life' last year.

The details from 2019/20 reveal that across the UK, 1,580 people donated their organs after they died, including 18 in Wiltshire.

That meant a total of 3,760 patients could have the organ transplant they desperately needed - with 37 of those within our county too.

There are still currently 58 people in Wiltshire who remain on the waiting list for an organ, out of more than 6,000 in the UK.

NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donation Card
Traditionally, we've had to carry a donor card to show whether we want to have organs donated, but now it's an opt-out system instead

Over the last five years, 24 people in Wiltshire have passed away before they could have their transplant.


The current pandemic has had a huge impact on the organ donation process.

Nationally, the number of transplants was on course to be a record breaking year, as was the figure for people becoming organ donors.

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

"It is disappointing but inevitable that donation and transplantation has been impacted by the worldwide pandemic. What is incredible though is that throughout this crisis, we have continued to see such strong support for organ donation and the most urgent transplants have still gone ahead and saved the lives of desperately ill adults and children.

"We are, along with our fantastic NHS colleagues, focused on the continued recovery of this immensely important work, which brings comfort to grieving families and gives people another chance at life.

"As we learn to live with COVID-19 and boosted by the new 'opt-out' law and growing public support, we hope more lives than ever before can be saved. I urge everyone in Wiltshire to make their organ donation decision and tell their family about it."

NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donation Pass It On
We're being encouraged to talk about organ donation with our families

In May this year, the law around organ donation changed, with everyone assumed that they will be an organ donor.

We can choose to 'opt-out' if we feel it's something we don't want to sign up for.

The change in the system is something that has had the backing of Lucy Ryan from Salisbury, who had a transplant 27 years ago and had been campaigning for the 'opt-out' system. 


The figures from NHS Blood and Transplant also reveal the situation within Hampshire too:

  • 34 people in the county donated organs after death 
  • 79 people had transplants as a result
  • 125 people in Hampshire remain on the waiting list
  • 64 people have died in the last five years while waiting
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