Staff at Salisbury District are urging people to sign up to the organ donor register and share their wishes with family and friends as part of a new drive to increase the number of organ donations.
There are currently more than 7,500 people waiting for an organ transplant in the UK and three people die each day while waiting. Although many say they would support organ donation, they have still not signed up.
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."
"We are asking people who would support organ donation to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and make their wishes known to their family and friends. By sharing this it can help families make the right decision for them at the end of their loved one's life."
Consultant Dr Anthony Warley, said: "Many relatives have said afterwards that the knowledge that organs or tissue have helped others has proved a considerable comfort in helping to overcome their grief. We will work closely with staff and patients to provide advice and support in cases where organ or tissue donation may be a possibility."
One practical step that people can take now is to consider registering as an organ donor on the National Organ Donor Register. For information about joining the organ donor register please call 03001232323 or log onto the national website at: www.organdonation.nhs.uk .
If you would further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager,
Salisbury NHS Foundation.
Tel: 01722 425170