Organ donation from five KGH patients leads to 12 transplants

Kettering General Hospital

Five patients at Kettering General Hospital who donated their organs after their death have helped save or change 12 lives following a transplant.

NHS Blood and Transplant and Kettering General Hospital released the figures on the occasion of the publication of the annual report on organ donation and transplantation activities covering the period April 2021 to March 2022.

Chairman of the KGH Organ and Tissue Donation Committee, Nicola Lee, said: “Although England now has a refusal system for organ donation, it is still very important to raise awareness your organ donation wishes to your family.

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“Letting your family know what you want to happen when you die will make things much easier if there comes a time when organ donation is a possibility.

“Families are always asked by healthcare professionals to accept your donation wishes.

“If you record your decision and let your family know about it, that clarifies things and helps ensure that your wishes are carried out.”

The KGH Organ and Tissue Donation Committee works to promote the importance of organ and tissue donation both within hospital teams and within the community.

Nationally, the new annual report shows deceased organ donations in the UK increased by 18% last year.

This marks a continued recovery in organ donation and transplantation activity following the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Across the country, a total of 1,397 people donated their organs after their deaths last year.

There are currently 6,393 people on the active waiting list and another 3,990 temporarily suspended.

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation, at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Organ donation and transplantation is a fundamental part of the NHS’s work to save lives.

“This is demonstrated by the increase in the number of patients this year receiving transplants and the number of those who continually record their decision to be an organ donor.”

Find out more and record your decision by visiting the NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.

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