organ donation in Devon NHS
1:00 p.m. January 25, 2022
As the New Year approaches, NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on families in Devon to speak up about organ donation and record their decision to help save lives.
At the end of October, 92 patients were awaiting the life-saving gift of an organ transplant in Devon and many of their lives could be saved or significantly improved if a donor is found. Yet every day across the UK someone dies in need of an organ transplant.
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation at NHSBT, said: ‘For several thousand people across the country, including 44 people in Devon who have had transplants this year, the only reason for which they were able to enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas, it is thanks to the generosity of a donor and his family who chose with so much altruism to give the gift of life.
“However, there are still thousands of people desperately hoping and waiting for the transplant that will transform their lives.
“Please take a moment in this new year to let your family know about your organ donation decision. These conversations could help save the lives of people who will enter the new year while waiting for a transplant.”
Even though organ donation law has now moved to an opt-out system in England, Wales and Scotland, many are still unaware that families will always be consulted before organ donation.
While families are more likely, and find it easier, to support donation when they already know it’s what their loved one wanted, only 42% of the UK population have recorded their decision on the Donor Register. organs from the NHS and only 37% say they have shared their organ donation decision with their family.
For more information or to register your organ donation decision, please visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. NHS app users can also use the service to register, check or update their organ donation decision.
NHS Blood and Transplant also provides tissue, stem cell and cord blood donations.