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Right Arrow Hospital trust launches organ donation campaign
18 January 2010 at 10:32

Southport and Ormskirk hospitals are campaigning to boost the number of people donating their organs for transplant.

The Give and Let Live campaign is being led by donor transplant coordinator Dawn Lee who has 11 years championing donation and supporting donor families.

Dawn, who works for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Eight thousand people are waiting for the chance of a transplant in the UK.

“Receiving an organ is a gift of life and often transformational for the recipient but, sadly, the equivalent of three people die each day because there are too few donors.”

Research for NHS Blood and Transplant shows 90% of people are in favour of donation in principle and 96% would take an organ if they needed one – but only 26% of us (or 16 million people) are on the organ donation register.

“If you believe in organ donation, prove it and register,” said Dawn, who lives near Ormskirk. “Act now, make sure your name is on the Organ Donation Register and tell your family what you’re doing.

“You’re also never too old to donate. In fact, more people over 50 are donating than ever before with organs from people in their seventies and eighties now being transplanted successfully.”

Tissue such as skin, heart valves and tendons can be transplanted too. Britain’s oldest cornea donor was 104.

Dr Bill Bickerstaffe, consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine, is Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust’s lead clinician on organ donation.

He said: “At present people often have a lack of knowledge and unfounded fears about the process of donation. We hope the Give and Let Live campaign will help educate staff, and promote a culture of openness, awareness and information about organ donation among patients and their families.

“We will also be encouraging Trust staff, visitors and the wider community in Southport and Ormskirk to sign up to the Organ Donation Register.”

How to register

Signing the Register is easy. Visit Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust’s website at 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)

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 

Notes to Editors

1. Dawn Lee and Dr Bill Bickerstaffe are both available for interview.

2. Dawn Lee will be hosting an organ donation registration session at Southport and Formby District Hospital on Wednesday, January 20, outside Russett’s restaurant on the first floor.

3. Dawn Lee will be hosting an organ donation registration session at Ormskirk District General Hospital on Thursday, January 28, by the restaurant on the ground floor.

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

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