Would you consider organ donation?

More than 50,000 people across the UK are alive today due to the generosity of organ donors and their families. But right now, around 6,400 seriously ill people are waiting for a life-saving transplant and three people die every day in need of a donated organ.

In December 2017, the Government launched a consultation seeking people’s views on the current legislation for organ donation and the results of this are due sometime in the spring. You can view the GOV.UK announcement here

NHS Organ Donor CardThe consultation will consider an ‘opt out’ system, an issue that will get people talking. Which is a good thing, because talking openly and honestly about your thoughts around organ donation with family and friends could save lives. If you die in circumstances where donation is possible, even if you are on the NHS Organ Donor Register, the clinical teams will speak to your family and expect them to support your decision. If you are not on the NHS Organ Donor Register, your family will be asked to make a decision on your behalf.

Our main problem is that the subject is not being talked about enough. This means your family may not know your wishes. Which puts them in a terrible position and may mean your wishes are not carried out.

Why not share this organ donation animation on social media? You can do this by clicking the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner of the video.

Why not sign up to the Organ Donor Register?

The above organ donation animation video is available to download from the NHS Blood and Transplant Promoting Donation Hub.

Information and digital materials for promoting organ donation can also be found on the Promoting Donation Hub

More information about organ donation is available on the organ donation website

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In this issue of The Donor magazine