Do your family know if you want to be an organ donor? Have you ever talked about organ donation with them?
If the answer is no, then you’re not alone. Family support is crucial to enable donations to take place but sadly, many donation opportunities are lost every year as families were unaware if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not.
Next week is National Organ Donation Week, so there’s no better time to get talking.
From Monday 03 September, Derriford Hospital will be illuminated pink in a bid to get people talking about organ donation. With the support of Plymouth City Council, Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth Hoe will also be turning pink for the week.
Specialist Organ Donation Nurse for NHS Blood and Transplant, Sharon Henry, said: “In the UK, three people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. Therefore, an important part of our organisations role is to raise awareness of organ donation to the wider public and encourage people to discuss organ donation with their families and to join the organ donor register.
“The Devon population are already extremely supportive of organ donation with 71% of the population on the organ donor register, compared to 38% nationally. We are very grateful to Plymouth City Council and to Derriford Hospital for helping us celebrate this generosity and helping to encourage others to join.”
At Derriford Hospital, members of the Transplant Team will be stationed on the main concourse throughout the week, providing useful information on various aspects of organ donation.
Talking about your organ donation decisions makes it easier for your family to support your decision, and for you to support theirs.
Words Save Lives. Let’s get talking about organ donation.