09 July 2012

Sign up to support National Transplant Week

Sign up to support National Transplant Week

A mum who has campaigned for organ donation at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) is featuring in a short film about the importance of transplants.

Carol Donaldson has helped to raise the profile of organ donation at NUH after her son James, a soldier at Sandhurst, died in a motorcycle accident in 2005 and saved the lives of four people through transplants.

Carol, who sits on NUH's Organ Donation Committee, is appearing in the short film being shown in GP surgeries across Nottinghamshire as part of National Transplant Week (9-15 July).

Throughout the week, NUH is urging people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register - and tell their families about their wish to become a donor in the event of their death.

Information and awareness events are being held at the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital to explain the facts about organ donation and the different ways that transplants can help: from both live and deceased donors.

According to NHS Blood and Transplant, around 67,043 people in Nottingham are on the Organ Donor Register - which is 22% of the population, compared with the UK national average of 30%.

Dr Dale Gardiner, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at NUH, said: "The theme for National Transplant Week is 'Pass it on'. It is about encouraging people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and then pass on their donation wishes to family and friends so they know what you would like to happen after your death.

"If you join the register without telling the people closest to you, your wishes may come as a surprise at a sensitive time when they are trying to deal with their loss, and this could result in them not giving permission for your organs to be donated."

NUH leads the way regionally in transplants. In 2011/12 there were:

  • 13 deceased donors giving 40 organs to 39 patients
  • 81 deceased kidney transplants and 13 living kidney transplants
  • 162 donors made 324 corneas available for transplant to provide sight to those in need.

To join the Organ Donor Register go to http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ or call 0300 123 23 23.

You can view Carol Donaldson's video on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hqLbwNIuDg

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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