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Donors Urged to Inform Families in Dorset

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8:35am 18th December 2013

More than 100 people in Dorset are waiting for a transplant this Christmas and 25 residents have died in the last five years due to a shortage of available organs.

NHS Blood and Transplant are now urging us to talk to our families over the holidays if we want to become a donor.

Anthony Clarkson, Acting Director of Organ Donation Transplantation at NHS Blood and transplant, said: "Don't miss the opportunity to discuss organ donation when you're with your family this Christmas. We know that Christmas is a time for enjoying ourselves and talking about the nice things in life like future holidays. But for people in need of an organ, Christmas is a very difficult time so we are urging everybody to talk about organ donation.

"19 people in Dorset have received life-saving organ transplant from a deceased donor this year. To help save more people we need everyone, including the 279,148 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Dorset, to talk to their loved ones about their donation decision."

In a separate piece of research carried out in England, only 31% of families said they would agree to donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decision to donate.

Fewer than 5,000 people each year die in circumstances where they can donate their organs, so we need to ensure that every potential donor who wants to donate is not prevented from doing so because their family do not know what they would have wanted.

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to tell their families this Christmas that they want to donate their organs, and to record their decision by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, click here or call 0300 123 23 23.

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