This Organ Donation Week (26 September to 2 October) NHS Blood and Transplant and The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are calling on people to register their donation decision and talk to their families about organ donation as more than 6,500 people are actively waiting for a transplant across the UK.
Around 126,876 people in the Wakefield region have already declared their decision through the NHS Organ Donor Register. However, people need to tell their family to help ensure they support their decision if they are approached about organ donation by a specialist nurse in hospital. When a family are approached, 9 out of 10 families will agree to donation if they know their family member was on the Organ Donor Register and talked about their decision.
Even though the law around organ donation has now changed across England, Scotland and Wales, family members will still always be consulted before organ donation goes ahead. This means it is still just as important as ever to register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and ensure your friends and family know what you want.
Helen Buglass, organ donation lead at the Trust said:
“Knowing what your relative wanted, helps families support their decision around organ donation at what is often a difficult time.
“We need more people in the borough to register their decision and talk with their loved ones about organ donation to give them the certainty they need to support their organ donation decision.”
This week the Trust is supporting the campaign by raising awareness of the cause through social media and the race for recipients’ challenge hosted by NHS Blood and Transplant. The Trust has also worked in partnership to encourage conversations by flying the organ donation flag and lighting up Wakefield Town Hall, and the sites of Pinderfields and Dewsbury pink for the week. A memorial service was also held in honour of those who passed.
The Trust is now asking people across the area to register their decision and tell their families that they want to donate after their death to ensure they are able to give the gift of life.
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We are very grateful to The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust for its support during Organ Donation Week.
“Every day across the UK there are thousands of patients and their families, waiting for that all important life-saving call. Yet, this is often only possible as a result of another family receiving some of the hardest news they might ever have to hear.
“With the increase in the number of people waiting for transplants, it’s more important than ever to register your organ donation decision and make it known to your family and friends.
“We urge all family members of all ages to take a moment this Organ Donation Week to register and share your decision.”
To find out more and register your decision, visit the NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.
Users of the NHS app, can also use this to record, check or amend their details or decision.