NNUH supports Pass It On organ donation campaign
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and NHS Blood and Transplant and are urging people to talk to their families about organ donation during Organ Donation Week to increase the number of people whose lives can be saved or transformed by an organ transplant.
Next year, the law around organ donation is changing in England. From spring 2020, 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.
In the lead up to the change in law, NHS Blood and Transplant is urging families across England to talk about their organ donation decision, with the campaign message ‘Pass it on’. Even after the law has changed, families will continue to be approached before organ donation goes ahead. Knowing what their relative wanted, helps families support their decision at a difficult time.
A recent survey of adults in England for NHS Blood and Transplant found that while 84 per cent agreed it was important to let those closest to you know your views on organ donation, only 40 per cent had shared their organ donation decision with their family or partner.
More and more families in Norfolk are saying yes to organ donation but there is still an urgent shortage of donors.
The organ donation flag is flying at NNUH this week and an awareness stand was opened on 2 September by NNUH Chief Nurse Nancy Fontaine.
Experts in organ donation and transplantation, clinicians, patients and families were also brought together for an inaugural study day at NNUH on 30 July to gain a great understanding of the organ donation process. Around 100 staff who work in the Emergency Department, Critical Care and Theatres at NNUH, James Paget University Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital attended.
Tim Leary, clinical lead for organ donation at NNUH, said: “We need more people in the Norfolk area to talk about organ donation to increase the number of lifesaving transplants.
“While most people agree that it is important to talk to their family about organ donation, it is less likely that they will have actually had this important conversation.
“Sadly, many opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. Please don’t wait. Speak to your family about organ donation today.”
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We are very grateful to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for its support during Organ Donation Week.
“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.