During Organ Donation Week, September 2 to 8, NHS Blood and Transplant and UHDB are urging people to talk to their families about organ donation to increase the number of people whose lives can be saved or transformed by an organ transplant.
From spring 2020, the law in England will change meaning all adults will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.
Families will continue to be approached before organ donation goes ahead. Knowing what their relative wanted helps families support their decision at a difficult time.
A recent survey of adults in England for NHS Blood and Transplant found that while 84% agreed it was important to let those closest to you know your views on organ donation, only 40% had shared their organ donation decision with their family or partner.
More and more families in the area are saying yes to organ donation but there is still an urgent shortage of donors. UHDB is asking people to tell their families they want to donate to help make sure more lives are saved.
Throughout Organ Donation Week, members of #TeamUHDB will be hosting a series of informative stands and games at both Derby and Burton sites to help inform staff and patients about the change in the law and how they can be involved.
Dr Magnus Harrison, Executive Medical Director and Deputy CEO at UHDB, said: “Organ donation is a vitally important, and we encourage all members of #TeamUHDB to talk about the subject with our patients and their fellow colleagues.
“An organ transplant can transform or even save someone’s life, so we need to encourage more people to talk about organ donation to increase the number of donors on the register.
“Sadly, many opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. Please don’t wait. Speak to your family about organ donation today.”
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We are very grateful to UHDB for its support during Organ Donation Week.
“Even after the law around organ donation changes next year, families will still be approached before organ donation goes ahead. So it remains so important to talk to your families about your views.
“Register your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family the choice you have made. If the time comes, we know families find the organ donation conversation with nurses or medical teams much easier if they already know what their relative wanted.”
Find out more and register your decision by visiting NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.