The NHS in West Lancashire is backing National Transplant Week’s Spell it out! campaign which encourages people to discuss organ donation with family members.
Figures show that over 90% of families will agree to donation if a loved one is registered and has discussed their wishes. This figure drops to 31% if donation wishes aren’t known.
Over 4000 transplants were carried out across the UK last year thanks to organ donors. Nearly 20,000,000 people have already decided to donate their organs after they die by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register but more are needed. One donor can save or improve the lives of up to nine seriously ill people.
John Caine, Chair of NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “Each year, the generosity of organ donors saves thousands of lives and gives the people who need them another chance.
“When we consider donating our organs after we die, we’re not only helping the adult or child who needs them, but also our loved ones who can often find the experience of having to make that decision extremely stressful. We can help them by putting plans in place in advance.”
Even though the number of people on the register is fairly large, a lot of people will die in circumstances where their organs are not suitable for transplant, which is why it’s important that more people join the register.
Kidneys, liver, heart and lungs can all be donated and it’s possible to donate more than one. There is no age limit to becoming a donor; the only deciding factor is a person’s physical condition.
You can join the register by visiting www.organdonation.nhs.uk or calling 0300 123 23 23.
To find out more about organ donation, visit www.transplantweek.co.uk