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‘Pass it on’ for National Transplant Week

Pass It On

Did you know that every day in the UK, around three people die whilst in need of a transplant because there aren'tenough organs available?  Currently there are around 7,500 people on the transplant waiting list.  This week is National Transplant week and we want to encourage more people than ever before to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and to talk to their close family and friends about their donation wishes.

At Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we performed 259 renal transplants last year, but we still have approximately 900 people in need of a transplant.  Most people don't realise how easy it is to register on the Organ Donor Register.  It's simple and can transform lives.

Most importantly, pass on the message!  Talk to those closest to you about your donation wishes and encourage them to join the register and have the conversation too.  We know that over 90% of families will agree to donation if a loved one is registered and has discussed their wishes; this drops to around 40% if donation wishes aren't known.

To find out more, come and speak to our staff who will be able to give you lots more information and answer any questions or concerns you may have.  The team will be on the Key 103 bus at Asda, Trafford Park (opposite the Trafford Centre) on Thursday.  They'll also be at The Manchester Museum on Friday, where one of our transplant patients is exhibiting mosaic pieces made about her transplant experience.

Dr John Barnes, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at Trafford Hospital said: "The success of the national initiative to increase donations by 50% over five years was a great start, but people are still dying on the transplant waiting list.  Whatever your thoughts are on organ donation, come and speak to us to find out more.  Let's start talking about donation so we can all play our part."

Pass it on - Don't make your family guess your donation wishes when they are trying to deal with their loss. This could affect their decision meaning your donation wishes will be left unfulfilled.

Join the NHS Organ Donor Register - it's quick and easy

  • To register call 0300 123 2323, Text DONATE to 62323 or visit: transplantweek.co.uk
  • The Register is a confidential database that holds the names of everyone who wishes to donate their organs and tissue after death