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Trust encourages people to help save a life – by joining the Organ Donor Register

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pass-it-onPeople in Devon are being encouraged to “be a hero” and join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is making the plea for National Transplant Week, which takes place from July 8 to 14.

While very few people would decline an organ if they needed a life-saving transplant, only 31% of the UK population have joined the Organ Donor Register.

More than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant and each day three will die because there aren’t enough organs available.

Sarah Fuller, the Trust’s specialist nurse in organ donation, said: “More than 50 people in our coverage area of Exeter, North, Mid and East Devon are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant.

“While the vast majority of us would accept an organ if we needed one, less than a third of us have signed up to the Organ Donor Register.

“National Transplant Week offers the perfect opportunity to encourage people in Devon to be a hero and join the register.”

National Transplant Week is led by NHS Blood and Transplant and for the second year in a row will focus on the message ‘Pass it On’.

“The importance of passing on your wishes and letting your significant others know about your decision to save lives after your death is often overlooked,” said Sharon Bates, the Trust’s directorate general manager for clinical support services.

“The Organ Donor Register allows people to express their wishes, but it is our families who will discuss this with the doctors and nurses when faced with the traumatic loss of a loved one.

“Does your family know your wishes? Let your wish be heard and tell someone you want to save lives after your death.”

Sharon Bates (left), directorate general manager for clinical support services, and Sarah Fuller, specialist nurse in organ donation, are calling on North Devon people to join the Organ Donor Register.

Sharon Bates (left), directorate general manager for clinical support services, and Sarah Fuller, specialist nurse in organ donation, are calling on North Devon people to join the Organ Donor Register.

The Trust has helped to raise awareness by sending organ donation packs – containing key fobs, posters and leaflets – to GP surgeries and other venues across North Devon.

Throughout National Transplant Week there will be stands or displays in the main foyer at North Devon District Hospital, next to the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) area and in the emergency department, while a large banner will be put up outside the building.

The Trust has also written to North Devon schools inviting students to enter the Through a Lens film competition run by NHSBT.

Budding film makers were asked to create a short film to encourage people to sign up to the Organ Donor Register, with the shortlisted ones appearing on YouTube at www.YouTube.com/TransplantWeek.

To join the Organ Donor Register:

  • Call the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23
  • Text the word SAVE to 62323

For more information about organ donation, visit http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk.

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FACTFILE

Area

People waiting for an organ transplant

People who had
life-saving transplants last year thanks to local residents

People whose sight was restored last year thanks to local residents

People on the Organ Donor Register

Devon

184

73

51

427,108

Exeter

17

5

3

39,445

North Devon

12

3

9

37,561

Mid Devon

9

3

3

29,095

East Devon

17

7

7

56,947

 

Sam and Martin Boughen

Sam and Martin Boughen

A personal story – Martin and Sam Boughen

Martin Boughen donated 60% of his liver to save the life of his son Sam in January 2012.

Martin, then 53, and Sam, then 26, both underwent major surgery at King’s College Hospital in London.

Following complications, Sam had to undergo further transplant surgery in April 2012.

Since then he has gone from strength to strength and was finally able to get married in April this year.

Martin is now a strong campaigner for organ donation, including for iLIVEiGIVE, and designed this poster to help pass on his message.

Click on the poster to read the Boughen family’s amazing story.

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