NHS calls on locals to say yes for transplant week

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People in Eastbourne are being urged to break silence on organ donation and yes to donation for National Transplant Week (September 7 to 13).

A third of UK adults admit they haven’t considered organ donation or decided if they want to be an organ donor, NHS Blood and Transplant reveals.

Across East Sussex there are 96 people waiting for a transplant. Last year 42 people in the county had their lives saved or transformed thanks to deceased organ donation.

Last year the number of people donating organs in the UK fell for the first time in 11 years. The UK also has one of the lowest rates in Europe for families consenting to organ donation and in 2014/15 only 58 per cent agreed to donate their family members’ organs after they died.

This National Transplant Week NHS Blood and Transplant wants to get the whole nation talking about organ donation and the importance of sharing decisions on being an organ donor with family and close friends. The Seven Days to Say Yes I Donate campaign aims to help break down barriers and taboos around organ donation.

Anthony Clarkson, NHS Blood and Transplant’s assistant director for organ donation and nursing, said, “Every day three people die in need of a transplant.

“Yet across the UK, one in three adults haven’t considered organ donation or decided whether they want to be an organ donor.

“To save more lives we need more donors. To raise that number we really need everyone to understand the importance of not being complacent.

“We need to get to the point where organ donation is high on the list of important personal conversations we routinely have with loved ones.”

Reluctance to talk about organ donation means many healthy organs that could be donated aren’t used.

Anthony Clarkson added, “As a nation we’re happy sharing dreams of big money wins and bucket-list holidays, and we’ll confide in our loved ones our worries about how we look. Yet too many of us are still not making the time or are not comfortable talking about organ donation.

“Telling your loved ones you want to be an organ donor means your family will be in no doubt about your decision meaning your wishes will be fulfilled should you die in circumstances where organ donation is possible.

“Over the next seven days we’d like everyone to give a few minutes of their time to think about organ donation and talk about whether they want to be an organ donor with their relatives or a close friend.”

To find out more about how to become an organ donor visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.

You can also show your support for organ donation on social media during National Transplant Week by posting about your conversations using #sayidonate.

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