Breathing Matters attended this important event at UCLH raising awareness of the importance of organ transplantation. This event was held during National Transplant Week.
This was an opportunity for staff, patients and the public to talk to specialist nurses and members of the Trust’s organ donation committee about the issue of organ donation.
Almost 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant – of these around 1,000 will die waiting as there are not enough organs available with three people dying every day whilst on the transplant waiting list. Only 29% of the public have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Sarah Jones, UCLH specialist nurse for organ donation, said: “We want to give people information about the issue and encourage them to view it as an option which they can talk over with their loved ones. It is not a subject we should shy away from. Often people will sign up to the donor register, but do not tell their families. The first they may know about it is when they are in a state of bereavement. This event will be an opportunity for people to ask questions and reflect on the issue.”
Please, please do join the NHS Organ Donor Register today. You can do this via the link on the Breathing Matters home page http://www.breathingmatters.co.uk/
It truly does save lives.
Below is Dr Jo Porter (in the middle) with the transplant nurse, the vicar, Patrick Collins who donated his wife’s organs when she died at UCLH and Amanda Gibbon who gave her husband a kidney in 2008.