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An urge for organ donations in Bucks

An urge for organ donations in Bucks

Published by Mix96 News at 1:32pm 3rd September 2019.

There is an urgent appeal for Buckinghamshire families to talk about organ donation. 

During Organ Donation Week September 2 to 8, the NHS Blood and Transplant are urging people to talk to their families about organ donation. 

Last year, 77 people in Buckinghamshire had their lives saved by a transplant. If more people agreed to donate, more lives would be saved in Bucks and around the country.

Currently, 82 people in Buckinghamshire are still waiting for that life-saving call. 

In spring 2020, there will be a change in law, all adults in England will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die, unless they record a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. 

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging families across England to talk about their organ donation decision, with the campaign message 'Pass it on'.

A recent survey of adults in England for NHS Blood and Transplant found that while 84% agreed it was important to let those closest to you know your views on organ donation, only 40% had shared their organ donation decision with their family or partner.

More and more families in Buckinghamshire are saying yes to organ donation but there is still an urgent shortage of donors. NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people in Buckinghamshire to tell their families they want to donate to help make sure more lives are saved. 

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: 

"We need more people in Buckinghamshire to talk about organ donation to increase the number of lifesaving transplants.

"Even after the law around organ donation changes next year, families will still be approached before organ donation goes ahead. So it remains so important to talk to your families about your views.

"Register your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family the choice you have made. If the time comes, we know families find the organ donation conversation with nurses or medical teams much easier if they already know what their relative wanted."

Find out more and register your decision by visiting NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.

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