Time to talk about organ donation

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To mark Organ Donation Week, which ran from September 4 to 10, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust is proudly supporting Organ Donation Week and an appeal for the public to talk about organ donation.

Over the last year 52 people in the Southern Trust area have received lifesaving or life changing transplants. However hundreds of transplants are being missed around the country every year because families don’t know what their relative wanted.

During Organ Donation Wek, NHS Blood and Transplant, hospitals, charities and supporters of organ donation encouraged people across the UK to talk about organ donation with their relatives and friends. This way, if you are ever able to be an organ donor your family won’t be left with making a difficult decision without knowing what you wanted.

NHS Blood and Transplant surveys show more than 80% of people support organ donation but only around 49% of people have ever talked about it. Research shows that women are 30% more likely to start a conversation about organ donation than men.

Edel Livingstone, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation said: “We’re proud to support this lifesaving appeal and it’s really easy for everyone to take part – just have a chat.

“That chat might be the next time you sit down for a meal, when you are shopping or working, or when you are just driving in the car. If you want to be a donor, your family’s support is still needed for donation to go ahead, even if you are on the NHS Organ Donor Register.”

Local people can register to be organ donors at www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/

If you would like further information on Organ Donation please contact Edel Livingstone, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation at Craigavon Area Hospital Email: edel.livingstone@nhsbt.nhs.uk