Trust supports Organ Donation Week

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The Trust has pledged to help save lives by supporting Organ Donation Week from September 3 to 9.

The national NHS campaign is asking people to talk to their families about organ donation to increase the number of people whose lives can be saved or transformed by an organ transplant.

Nationally, three people die every day in need of an organ – currently there are around 235 people in the North East and 85 in North Yorkshire on the transplant waiting list.

Throughout the week specialist nurses will be on hand at the small atrium in James Cook to give out advice at an information stall in the hospital’s main corridor.

Families will always be approached about donation if a loved one can donate their organs. Knowing what their loved one wanted helps families support their decision at a difficult time.

Sharon Mitchinson, specialist nurse for organ donation said: “We need more people across our regions to talk about organ donation to increase the number of lifesaving transplants.

“Only one third of adults in England have told their partner or their family they want to donate, despite eight out of 10 people telling us they would be willing to donate or would consider it.

“Please tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation.”

Millions of people are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register, join them today and tell your family you want to save lives. Register at organdonation.nhs.uk