Senior staff at Salisbury District Hospital have launched a new campaign to encourage people to sign up to the national organ donor register and ensure their family is aware of their wishes.
Around 10,000 people are currently in need of an organ transplant in the UK and three die each day while waiting, because there are no donor organs available to them. Over 90% of families will agree to donation if a loved one is registered and has discussed their wishes, but only 31% agree if they are unaware of the decision.
Dr Lydia Brown, Non Executive Director and Chair of the hospital’s Clinical Governance Committee said: “While many people say that they would be happy to join the organ donation register, many don’t actually take action. Over the next few months we will be holding a series of events to create greater awareness of the benefits of organ donation, starting with our staff - encouraging them to think about joining, if they haven’t already done so.”
“This includes stands at hospital events, multi-faith workshops, and visiting each part of the hospital with an organ donation decision box. Here they can show their commitment to the cause by placing a disc in the slot to indicate whether they are on the register already, whether they will be taking a decision now to join or decide that they do not want to go on the register. Leaflets placed with the box will give staff further information about organ donation and how to sign up on the National Organ Donor Register.”
Dr Brown added: “This is such a worthwhile cause. One single action taken now could have the most significant impact on someone else’s and their family’s life. Whatever people’s decision, we hope they will participate and, if they do sign up, we also ask that they remember to share their wishes with their loved ones. “
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For more information about organ donation go to the national website at www.organdonation.nhs.uk or contact 0300 123 23 23.