4 September 2019
During Organ Donation Week, (2 – 8 September), The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is 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.
In 2018/19, SaTH facilitated five organ retrievals that resulted in 15 patients receiving lifesaving or life changing transplants.
In the last financial year, 1 April 2018 until 31 March 2019, there were 5,091 patients awaiting the call for an organ transplant in England and a total of 6,077 across the UK.
If more people agreed to donate more lives would be saved, so as of next year the law around organ donation is changing in England.
From spring 2020, all adults in England 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, SaTH is joining NHS Blood and Transplant to urge families across England to talk about their organ donation decision, with the campaign message ‘Pass it on’.
Fiona Deakin, Organ Donation Specialist Nurse at SaTH, said: “We need more people in the region to talk about organ donation to increase the number of life-saving transplants.
“While most people agree that it is important to talk to their family about organ donation, it is less likely that they will have actually had this important conversation.
“Sadly, many opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. Please don’t wait. Speak to your family about organ donation today.”
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We are very grateful to The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust for its support during Organ Donation Week.
“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.”
- 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.