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People Urged to Talk Organ Donation in Dorset

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7:29am 8th July 2014

In Dorset, 29 people have died due to a shortage of organs in the last 5 years and over 100 of us are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

The figures have been released by NHS Blood and Transplant to highlight the issues on this special awareness week.

The aim of this year's campaign is to increase awareness that the decision to donate a loved one's organs falls to the family if you die in circumstances where you can donate.

If you've already talked about it, your family won't have the burden of having to guess what you would have wanted at an incredibly difficult time and they are more likely to support your decision to donate.  

The aim of this year's campaign is to increase awareness that the decision to donate a loved one's organs falls to the family if you die in circumstances where you can donate.

If you've already talked about it, your family won't have the burden of having to guess what you would have wanted at an incredibly difficult time and they are more likely to support your decision to donate.  

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to spell out their decision to donate by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and by having a conversation with their family.  

Dr Hilary Jones commented; "More people are willing to be an organ donor than are actually signed up. But signing up AND telling your relatives of your decision would saves thousands of lives. I'd encourage everybody to consider spelling out your donation decision as potentially the greatest gift you can give anybody."

On average, three people a day die in need of an organ transplant in the UK because there aren't enough organs available.  More lives would be saved if more families agree to donate their loved one's organs after death.  Sadly, four out of ten families don't give permission to donate when approached.

Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said:

"Last year 27 people living in Dorset benefited from a life-saving organ transplant thanks to families making the decision to donate when a loved one died, a decision that we know makes them incredibly proud**.

"We know that families are much less likely to allow organ donation to go ahead if they don't know it's what their loved one wanted.

"To help more people we need everyone, even if you're one of the 284,736 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Dorset, to tell those closest to you that you want to donate your organs.  Please have the conversation and spell it out."

During National Transplant Week events are taking place across the country to encourage people to spell out their organ donation decision.

For further information about National Transplant Week and to register your organ donation decision click here.

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