Organ Donation Week (20 to 26 September) NHS Blood and Transplant and The
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are calling on people to talk to their families
about organ donation and leave them certain about their decision.
people in South Yorkshire are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
However, people need to tell their family to help ensure their family supports
their decision if they are approached about organ donation by a specialist nurse
law around organ donation changed in England in May 2020 and all adults are now
considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die, unless
they record a decision not to donate, are in one of the excluded groups or have
told their family that they don’t want to donate.
relatives will still always be consulted before organ donation goes ahead and
each year, opportunities for transplants are missed because families aren't
sure what to do.
year, organ donation has also been added to the National Curriculum for the
first time, so family members, whatever their age, are being encouraged to get
together to talk about their own organ donation decisions.
Windsor, Intensive Care Consultant at Rotherham Hospital, said:
what your relative wanted helps families support their decision around organ
donation at what is often a difficult time.
more people in Rotherham and South Yorkshire to talk with their loved ones
about organ donation to give them the certainty they need to support their
organ donation decision.”
week we are focussing on the ‘Leave them certain’ message by encouraging our colleagues
and patients to have the conversation with their families. There’s lots of
information on display around our site to help people get involved. These
conversations are especially important for local residents from Black and Asian
backgrounds. People from these communities are more likely to need a
transplant, however, often wait longer as the best chance of a match will often
come from someone of the same ethnicity.
has also joined the ‘Light it up pink’ campaign, with the front of the hospital
lit up pink to raise awareness of Organ Donation Week.”
Trust is now asking people across the area to tell their families that they
want to donate after their death to ensure more lives are saved.
Clarkson, Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation for NHS
Blood and Transplant said: “We are very grateful to Rotherham Hospital for its
support during Organ Donation Week.
now the law has changed, families will continue to be approached before organ
donation goes ahead. It remains so important to talk to your families and
ensure they know what you would want to happen.
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 much easier if they already know what their
find out more and register your decision, visit the NHS Organ Donor Register at
www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family. Users of the
NHS app, can also use this to record, check or amend their details or decision.