Plea to discuss organ donation with relatives this Christmas
FAMILIES are being urged to discuss and register their wishes on organ donation as it is revealed more than 120 people in Hampshire are awaiting a transplant.
With some families hoping to get together for Christmas for the first time since the pandemic began, NHS Blood and Transplant is urging them to take a moment to talk about their organ donation decision and to leave their family members certain of what they want.
There are currently 129 patients in the county awaiting the lifesaving gift of an organ transplant and many of their lives could be saved or significantly improved if a donor is found.
Director of organ and tissue donation and transplantation Anthony Clarkson said: “Please take a moment this Christmas to let your family know your organ donation decision.
"Those conversations could help save the lives of people currently spending their Christmas waiting for a transplant.”
Even though the law around organ donation has now moved to an opt-out system across England, Wales and Scotland, many are not aware that families will still always be consulted before organ donation goes ahead.
For more information or to register your organ donation decision call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk