The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has launched its backing of the Yorkshire wide ‘Be a Hero’ campaign which encourages people to sign the Organ Donation Register.
Staff shuttle buses at the Trust, which are used to transport members of staff around the three sites, have been branded with the logo prompting people to ‘Be a Hero’ by signing the register.
Right now, there are around 6,500 people waiting for an organ transplant across the UK and in the last year over 1,400 people across the UK donated after their death saving or transforming the lives of over 3,500 people.
Helen Buglass, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at the Trust, said: “On average three people die every day in need of an organ transplant because there just aren’t enough organ donors. We wanted to show our allegiance to this local campaign to help improve the prospects for those in need of a transplant.
“In the Yorkshire and Humber region alone there are over 400 active patients on the transplant register waiting for a donor and over 70% of these are in need of a kidney transplant.”
Anyone can sign up as a donor on the NHS Organ Donor Register, your age or any existing medical conditions shouldn’t stop you from signing up. Did you know that you could save or transform up to nine people’s lives by donating your organs when you die and help even more by donating tissue.
Photo, (l-r): Sarah Plant and Rachel Wiseman – Specialist Organ Donation Nurses, Martin Barkley – Chief Executive at the Trust, Dr Brendan Sloan – Intensive Care and Anaesthetic Consultant, Dr Helen Buglass – Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at the Trust and Stephen Parish – Specialist Organ Donation Nurse.