09 July 2012
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
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
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
- 13 deceased donors giving 40 organs to 39 patients
- 81 deceased kidney transplants and 13 living kidney
- 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