National Transplant Week highlights importance of joining Organ Donor Register

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People are being urged to join the NHS Organ Donor Register during National Transplant Week.

The annual week, which runs from today (Monday) until Sunday, encourages people to join the register. NHS Blood and Transplant hopes to get more people to tell loved ones of their donation wishes.

The theme of the week is Pass It On, stressing the importance of having a conversation about organ donation while also joining the register.

While 95 per cent of families agree to donation if a loved one has discussed their wishes and is on the register, this drops to only 46 per cent when donation wishes aren’t known.

As part of the campaign, people are being urged to watch a series of films which have been produced to highlight the issue. The films can be seen by visiting www.youtube.com/transplantweek.

In Lincolnshire, there are 157 people waiting for a transplant and in Rutland, there are seven people.

Director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant Sally Johnson said: “Since April, nine people in Lincolnshire have benefitted from life-saving transplants. To help more people we need everyone to talk to their loved ones about their donation wishes

“We need a transformation in donor and family consent to organ donation because the UK’s family refusal rate remains one of the highest in Europe.

“For this year’s National Transplant Week, we hope people will Pass It On, we want everyone to be proud of our donation record in the UK.”

To join the register visit www.transplantweek.co.uk, call 0300 123 2323 or text DONATE to 62323.

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