11 Sep Organ Donation – Let’s talk about it
Following on from Organ Donation week last week, Thomas Interiors wanted to carry on the campaign of ‘Let’s talk about it’ as it is something we feel very strongly about.
It is a VERY important subject but not a subject that people really want to think about…. Let alone talk about.
Do your family know whether 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; sadly, many donation opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. Family support is crucial to enable donations to take place.
We need more people to talk about organ donation to increase the number of transplants that happen.
31% of people waiting for a transplant are from black, Asian or ethnic minority communities
1 in 3 adults has told their partner / family they want to be an organ donor
3 people die every day in need of an organ transplant
We can change things, though we need your support to get people talking.
Right now across the UK, there are around 6,000 people in need of an organ transplant, including around 150 children and teenagers. On average three people die every day in need of an organ transplant because there just aren’t enough organ donors.
For people in the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities the situation is even more critical. More donors are needed to address an increase in patients from these communities dying whilst waiting for an organ transplant.
If you donate your organs after you die you could save and improve the lives of up to nine people, and help even more if you donate tissue.
Only around 5000 people across the UK each year die in circumstances where they could donate their organs.
We need as many people as possible to register their commitment to becoming organ donors so if they die in circumstances where their organs or tissue could be used to help others, authorised NHS Blood and Transplant staff can see what they wanted to happen. You can do this by signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register www.organdonation.nhs.uk and by telling your family that you want them to support your decision.
We know many people don’t want to think about their own death. But patients waiting for a transplant depend on people of all ages thinking about whether they want to save lives when they die and registering their decision to become a donor.
Your age, nor any existing medical conditions should stop you from signing up and telling your family that you want them to support your decision to donate, if and when the time comes.
Why we promote conversations
Many people believe that all you need to do to show you want to be a donor is to join the NHS Organ Donor Register or carry a donor card.
However, if you die in circumstances where you could become an organ donor your family would be approached by specialist nurses and asked to support your decision to donate.
If you die without registering to donate your organs, we would need to ask your next of kin to make the decision for you.
It can be a big burden for families to make such an important decision at such a difficult time.
Less than half of families approached about donation agree to donate a relative’s organs if they are unaware of their relative’s decision to be a donor.
When a family says no to donation, someone waiting for a transplant may miss out on their only opportunity for a transplant which could save their life.
Go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk today to register as a donor. It only takes a few minutes to register and please remember to tell your family that you want them to support your decision to donate and save lives. Ask them whether they want to be donors too. #YesIDonate
Organ Donation in Wales
Consent for Organ Donation in Wales is different to the rest of the UK. In Wales, you can become an organ donor by joining the Organ Donor Register (opt in) telling family and friends or by doing nothing. If you do nothing, you will be treated as having no objection to becoming an organ donor.