With National Transplant Week coming up, Salisbury District Hospital staff will be on hand to provide information and key messages to local people at the Salisbury library on Wednesday, July 4 between 9am and 12 noon.
With only a third of the population on the organ donor register, one objective this year is to increase this further. The other is to ensure that people tell family and friends they are on the register, so that they are aware of their wishes when they become involved in discussions about donation.
There are currently more than 7,500 people waiting for an organ transplant in the UK and three people die each day while waiting. Over 90% of families will agree to donation if a loved one is registered and has discussed their wishes. This drops to around 40% if donation wishes are not known.
Paula Dawson, Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation, said: "While the possibility of organ and tissue donation will come at a tragic time for the family, it is possible that one person can save the lives of many others."
“While we are looking to increase the number of people who sign up to the organ donation register, we find that so many people don’t actually make their wishes known to their family and friends. This is why the key message in this year’s campaign is Pass it On.”
For information about joining the organ donor register please call 03001232323 or log onto the national website at: www.organdonation.nhs.uk .
Staff will have a stand in the foyer of Salisbury library on Wednesday, July 4 where they will be talking to the public. If you would like to take a photo at 10.30am in the Salisbury library please contact Paula Dawson on 07590352246.