Urgent appeal for Isle of Wight families to talk about organ donation
During Organ Donation Week, September 2 to 8, 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, 9 people on the Isle of Wight had their lives saved by a transplant. If more people agreed to donate, more lives would be saved on the Isle of Wight and around the country. Currently, 19 people on the Isle of Wight are still waiting for that life-saving call.
Next year, the law around organ donation is changing in England. 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 donate or are in one of the excluded groups.
In the lead up to the change in law, NHS Blood and Transplant is urging families across England 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.
A recent survey of adults in England for NHS Blood and Transplant found that while 84% agreed it was important to let those closest to you know your views on organ donation, only 40% had shared their organ donation decision with their family or partner.
More and more families are saying yes to organ donation but there is still an urgent shortage of donors. NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people on the Isle of Wight to tell their families they want to donate to help make sure more lives are saved.
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said:
“We need more people on the Isle of Wight to talk about organ donation to increase the number of lifesaving transplants.
“Even after the law around organ donation changes next year, families will still be approached before organ donation goes ahead. So it remains so important to talk to your families about your views.
“Register your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family the choice you have made. If the time comes, we know families find the organ donation conversation with nurses or medical teams much easier if they already know what their relative wanted.”
Find out more and register your decision by visiting NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.
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Notes to editors Organ Donation Attitudinal Tracker, Wave 7, July 2019 – survey of adults in England  Organ Donation Attitudinal Tracker, Wave 7, July 2019 – survey of adults in England
- NHS Blood and Transplant is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. We provide the blood donation service for England and the organ donation service for the UK. We also provide donated tissues, stem cells and cord blood. We are an essential part of the NHS, saving and improving lives through public donation.
- It is quick and easy to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk
- Families are always involved in organ donation discussions. You can make things easier for your family by telling them you want to donate.
- Every day across the UK around three people who could have benefited from a transplant die because there aren’t enough organ donors.
- Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register, age and medical conditions are not necessarily a barrier to donation.
- One donor can save or transform up to nine lives through organ donation and save and transforms even more by donating tissue.
- The Government has announced plans for a presumed consent system of organ donation to take effect in England from spring 2020