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Right Arrow Hospital board backs organ donation campaign
24 February 2010 at 12:18

Board members of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have thrown their support behind the Trust’s Give and Let Live campaign.

The Trust aims to boost the number of people donating their organs for transplant by raising awareness of the Organ Donation Register and dispelling the myths around donation.

Jane Daly, who is a non-executive director for the Trust, has championed the campaign, supported by the Trust’s new donation coordinator Dawn Lee and Dr Bill Bickerstaffe, a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine and lead clinician on organ donation.

“The Board was delighted to support the campaign because 8,000 people are waiting for the chance of a transplant in the UK,” said Jane. “Receiving an organ is often transformational for the recipient but the equivalent of three people die each day because there are too few donors.”

“People often have unfounded fears about the process of donation. We hope Give and Let Live will help educate and promote a culture of openness, awareness and information about organ donation.”

How to register

Signing the Register is easy. Visit Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust’s website at www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk and click the organ donation button; telephone 0300 123 23 23; or text “SAVE” to 84118. You can also join when you are:

• Registering for a driving licence
• Applying for a Boots Advantage card
• Registering at a GP surgery
• Registering for a European Health Insurance card (EHIC)

Notes to Editors

Key facts about organ donor transplantation

• In 2008 more UK transplants were carried out than ever, saving or transforming more than 3,500 lives
• More than 10,000 people who need a transplant and three a day are dying before an organ becomes available
• In the year to March 2009, 3,513 organ transplants were carried out thanks to the generosity of 1,853 donors
• You are more likely to need a transplant than become a donor
• One donor can save up to nine lives
• Most organ donations come from people who die while on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit
• Traditionally organ donors were road accident victims and brain haemorrhage patients. Improved road safety and medical intervention mean fewer in both groups are dying
• More people over 50 are donating as donations from younger people decline. Organs from people in their 70s and 80s are transplanted successfully
• The UK’s oldest recorded solid organ donor was 84; the oldest recorded cornea donor was 104
• All the major religions support organ donation and many actively promote it

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager,
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Tel 01704 704494 | Mobile 07599 754833
tony.ellis@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk