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National Transplant Week 7th – 13th September

transplantweekWe are marking National Transplant Week with information stands in the entrance areas of MRI and the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to raise awareness of the continuing need for organ donation.

Across the UK there are 10,000 people in need of a transplant.  Last year the number of people donating organs fell for the first time in 11 years.  The UK also has one of the lowest rates in Europe for families consenting to organ donation and in 2014/15 only 58% agreed to donate their family members' organs after they died.  Three people die every day waiting for an organ transplant in the UK and 40% of families choose not to go ahead with organ donation when their children die.

16.9 million people - a third of UK adults - admit they haven't considered organ donation or decided if they want to be an organ donor.  And 4.1 million people who do want to donate their organs when they die say they haven't talked to a loved one about that decision.

This year's campaign uses the new slogan and logo (right) and encourages people to have the conversation with their family and friends to say 'Yes I donate' and show their support for organ donation.  People are also being encouraged to have their say about organ donation on social media using the hashtag #sayidonate.

More information is available on the stands which will be available throughout the week.

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