Every day across the UK around three people die, who could have benefited from a transplant, because there aren’t enough organ donors. In Essex, there are currently 150 people waiting for a transplant.
Organ Donation Week runs from 5 to 11 September 2016. The campaign, run by NHS Blood and Transport (NHSBT), aims to encourage people to start a conversation about organ donation – with their families, friends or colleagues – and to ensure their relatives know their decision.
A specialist organ donation nurse will be at an information stand in main reception, Basildon University Hospital, on Tuesday 6 September to answer questions and give information about organ donation.
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS BT, said: “We recognise that families are approached about organ donation at a difficult time, but with almost all of us prepared to take an organ if we need one, we need to be ready to donate too. Talking to your relatives about what you want is crucial as it is much more difficult to agree to donation when you don’t know what the patient would have wanted.”
To register as a donor, or find out more, visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk/odw