Talk to your family about organ donation

During Organ Donation Week 2018, the Trust’s staff are encouraging people to talk to their families about organ donation and help increase the number of lives saved or transformed by a transplant.

Nationally, three people die every day in need of an organ, and there are approximately 110 people in Hertfordshire on the transplant waiting list. Between April 2017 and March 2018, 72 people in Hertfordshire received a transplant from a deceased organ donor.

The Trust’s clinical lead for organ donation, Dr Jon Bramall, said:

“More families in Hertfordshire are saying yes to organ donation, but there is still an urgent shortage of donors. Only one third of adults in England have told their partner or their family they want to donate, despite 8 out of 10 people telling us they would be willing to donate or would consider it. This is why we’re encouraging families to sign up to the register and to talk about their wishes with loved ones and help us save lives in future.

“If you’re visiting the Lister this week, do check out our stand in the main entrance corridor and talk to us about organ donation.”

Kirit Modi, chair of the Lister Area Kidney Patients Association (LAKPA) said:

“It’s important for everyone to discuss organ donation with their loved ones, particularly as the Government has recently announced plans to introduce presumed consent in England. The announcement is a very important step and it will mean that everyone will have the opportunity to make an informed choice about organ donation. This will hopefully result in more people getting the organ transplants they need.”

Millions of people are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register – join them today.