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Organ Donation Week

31 August 2018

 

The James Paget is supporting National Organ Donation week from Monday, 3 September, and is urging everyone to have the conversation with family members about organ donation.

Currently three people die every day in need of an organ transplant, often because families haven’t discussed the subject and don’t know whether to consent to donation on behalf of their relative or not.

More than 6,000 people in the UK are awaiting a transplant and Organ Donation Week will see individuals and organisations across the United Kingdom working to raise awareness of the important need for families to talk about organ donation to help save more lives.

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There will be the opportunity to pick up more information from a stand in our Aubergine Restaurant on Monday 3, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September and we will also be supporting the national social media campaign.

Many people still don’t realise that family support is needed for organ donations to go ahead and having the conversation now may make your family’s choices easier should the worst happen. Some families relate that saving another person’s life or making a real difference to someone’s future can provide some comfort after the death of a loved one and your family will be approached if your organs are suitable for donation. Knowing what a loved one wanted can really help relatives make their decision at a difficult time.

Do your family know whether you would like to be an organ donor? Have you ever talked about organ donation with them?

NHS Blood and Transplant teams across the nation are working with organisations across the country to ask difficult questions such as ‘If you would take an organ if you needed one, shouldn’t you be prepared to donate?’.

Anthony Clarkson, of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We’d like people to just talk to their families. Words save lives. Please, tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation, because it could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”

You can find out more and register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk.