4th - 10th September 2017 is National Organ Donation Week:
Right now across the UK, there are around 6,500 people in need of an organ transplant, including around 150 childen and teenagers. On average three people die every day in need of an organ transplant because there just aren’t enough organ donors.
For people in the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities the situation is even more critical. They wait longer than white patients for kidney transplants due to lack of suitable organs.
If you donate your organs after you die you could save and improve the lives of up to nine people, and help even more if you donate tissue.
Only around 5000 people across the UK each year die in circumstances where they could donate their organs.
We need as many people as possible to register their commitment to becoming organ donors so if they die in circumstances where their organs or tissue could be used to help others, authorised NHS Blood and Transplant staff can see what they wanted to happen. You can do this by signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register www.organdonation.nhs.uk and by telling your family that you want them to support your decision.
We know many people don’t want to think about their own death. But patients waiting for a transplant depend on people of all ages thinking about whether they want to save lives when they die and registering their decision to become a donor.
Your age, nor any existing medical conditions should stop you from signing up and telling your family that you want them to support your decision to donate, if and when the time comes.
Go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk today to register as a donor. It only takes a few minutes to register and please remember to tell your family that you want them to support your decision to donate and save lives. Ask them whether they want to be donors too. #YesIDonate