People urged to let loved ones know about organ donation decision

First published in News

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people to make it clear to family and friends they want to donate organs as they revealed 18 people in Hampshire and 29 people in Dorset died in the last five years due to a shortage of organs.

There are currently 268 people in Hampshire waiting for a transplant and 105 in Dorset.

The figures were revealed during National Transplant Week, when the service is raising awareness of how hard it might be for families to guess what their loved ones would have wanted at a very difficult time.

A service spokesman said: “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.”

Last year 27 people in Dorset and 94 people in Hampshire had a life-saving organ transplant. There are 284,736 people on the organ donor register in Dorset and 623,084 in Hampshire.

For details about National Transplant Week and to register your decision go to www.transplantweek.co.uk.

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7:02pm Tue 15 Jul 14

bj.stonehenge says...

People who refuse to agree that there organs may be used should be put on a national register . And should not be considered for a transplant should they need an organ in the future , B Collins
People who refuse to agree that there organs may be used should be put on a national register . And should not be considered for a transplant should they need an organ in the future , B Collins bj.stonehenge
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10:05am Wed 16 Jul 14

John Wigs says...

The issue with organ donation needs to be looked at again!
Would it not be better when a patient is in a critical state and passes away that organs are donated automatically? If this ruling is put in place NOK relatives or dear ones could object at the point of admittance of treatment!
If this ruling is put in place and the relevant NOK etc are notified and it is made common knowledge that this policy is now Law they can legally object at the point of entry or within a limited time scale. In fact it could be entered on all Medical documents.
The issue with organ donation needs to be looked at again! Would it not be better when a patient is in a critical state and passes away that organs are donated automatically? If this ruling is put in place NOK relatives or dear ones could object at the point of admittance of treatment! If this ruling is put in place and the relevant NOK etc are notified and it is made common knowledge that this policy is now Law they can legally object at the point of entry or within a limited time scale. In fact it could be entered on all Medical documents. John Wigs
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8:45pm Wed 16 Jul 14

bj.stonehenge says...

The best way is your in unless you've opted out . And that should be on your records
Doctors and specialists very often do not have time to contact NOK minutes are critical before the organ dies.
Can someone please explain to me if your dead what use is any of your organs to. Yourself, to think that you could be saving someone else's life. Is quite a passing thought
The best way is your in unless you've opted out . And that should be on your records Doctors and specialists very often do not have time to contact NOK minutes are critical before the organ dies. Can someone please explain to me if your dead what use is any of your organs to. Yourself, to think that you could be saving someone else's life. Is quite a passing thought bj.stonehenge
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