19th Jan, 2020

More urged to think about organ donation

THIS week is Organ Donation Week and NHS Blood and Transplant are urging people to talk to their families about organ donation to increase the number of people whose lives can be saved or transformed by an organ transplant.

Last year, 29 people in Worcestershire had their lives saved by a transplant.

If more people agreed to donate, more lives would be saved not only locally but around the country.

Currently, 51 in Worcestershire are still waiting for that life-saving call.

From spring 2020, all adults in England will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to do so or are in one of the excluded groups.

In the lead-up to this NHS Blood and Transplant is urging families to talk about their organ donation decision, with the campaign message ‘Pass it on’.

Even after the law has changed, families will continue to be approached before organ donation goes ahead.

Knowing what their relative wanted, helps families support their decision at a difficult time.

Find out more and register your decision by visiting www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.

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