04 September 2017
Nottingham’s hospitals urge people to sign Organ Donor Register
Families are being urged to make sure their loved ones know
their wishes when it comes to organ donation.
Last year 70 people in Nottinghamshire had an organ transplant,
but this number could potentially have been much higher if families
of potential organ donors had known what their relative wanted.
This Organ Donation Week (4-10 September) Nottingham University
Hospital's Trust is launching a new campaign to encourage more
people to not only sign the Organ Donor Register, but also to talk
about their wishes with their family..
It is being supported by the families of four people whose
organs were donated when they died.
Carol Donaldson, of Keyworth, gave permission for her
24-year-old son James' organs to be donated when he was killed in a
She said: "When the nurse came to talk to us about organ
donation there was no hesitation. We wanted them to take whatever
they could from our son for the good of someone else.
"It was an easy decision for us because we had talked about
organ donation with James and we knew what he wanted.
"I would urge everyone to sign up to the Organ Donor Register,
but also to make sure they let their loved ones know about their
James' face will be featured on posters and promotional material
across the hospital, along with those of Marilyn Pattinson, Rob
McGeever and Charlie Chevli, whose organs were all donated after
Charlie was just seven when she suffered a cardiac arrest. Her
father Bob said: "We were in a very strange position of trying to
see beyond the bed of our stricken loved one, who we couldn't save,
to the beds of other people's stricken loved ones who we could do
"Charlie had a very kind nature and she wanted to help people.
It was the right thing to do."
NHS Blood and Transplant surveys show more than 80% of people
support organ donation but only around 49% of people have ever
talked about it.
Dan Harvey, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at NUH, said:
"Every day we see first-hand the amazing impact that organ donation
can have on other people's lives and I would urge everyone to
consider joining the Organ Donor Register if they can. But it is
also equally important to talk to your loved ones about your
decision as it can save them much heartache at what is already an
extremely difficult time."
Lorraine Hogg, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation, helps to
support families who are faced with making the decision when a
loved one dies. She said: "We find that it can give families great
comfort to know that their relative has been able to help so many
people and be a hero even after their death."
To sign the Organ Donor Register go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk
or call 0300 123 23 23.