Last year at our hospitals 17 donors allowed 40 patients to benefit from the gift of organ donation. We also carried out 78 kidney transplants.
Here at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH), we understand the importance of organ donation. As well as being a leading centre for kidney transplants, we are one of ten trusts with a dedicated eye retrieval scheme, providing corneas and tissue for transplant.
Dale Gardiner, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at NUH, said: "One donor can save the lives of several people, restore the sight of two others and improve the quality of life for many more.
"The more people who pledge to donate their organs and tissue after their death, the more people stand to benefit. Organ donation is the greatest gift one person can give to another."
Organ donation committee
The organ donation committee was established in 2009 with the aim to make NUH a national and regional leader in donation, as well as raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. The committee is made up of clinical staff from across the hospital, as well as non-clinical staff and donor family representatives.
- Roger Freeston, Organ Donation Committee Chair
- Keith Rigg, Transplant Surgeon and Deputy Chair
- Dale Gardiner, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation
- Charmaine Buss, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation
- Charlotte Wood, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation
- Carol Donaldson, Donor Family Representative
The 'Circle of Life' memorial is our way of saying thank you to donors and their families. The bronze sculpture was designed by Ann Vrielinck and is situated near the Medical School on the QMC site.
It was officially unveiled on 2 November 2011 by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester. At the unveiling over 60 donor families attended, as well as local dignitaries and hospital staff.
Deceased donation simulation days
Deceased donation occurs at a time of significant family distress and it is usually not possible to train junior staff during these periods. Simulation days teach hospital staff the complexities of the organ donation process and the sensitivities involved in discussing deceased organ donation with family members in a safe, yet realistic environment.
Two scenarios are acted out, with the death of a child and subsequent donation and the death of an adult from brain damage. Professional actors interact with staff with the aim of mimicking real life situations that they will face during the difficult time of deceased donation.