New figures reveal there were 4 deceased organ donors at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust last year. They have helped to save or improve the lives of people desperately in need of a transplant.
NHS Blood and Transplant and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust have released the figures to mark the publication of the annual Transplant Activity Report.
The report reveals an increase in support for organ donation around the country. Furthermore, 67% of families have given their consent when asked about organ donation.
The annual report shows deceased organ donor figures were on course to surpass the previous year’s total. Unfortunately, the global COVID-19 pandemic hit in March and had an impact across the whole NHS.
However, 1,580 people in the UK donated their organs after they died. This has saved or improved the lives of 3,760 transplant recipients and giving hope to thousands of patients.
Medical Director, Dr Tina Kenny said:
Thank you to the 4 donors and their families from Buckinghamshire who gave the gift of life to others last year. Please tell your family if you want to support donation. Letting your family know that you want to save lives will make it much easier if there comes a time when organ donation is a possibility.
England moved to an opt-out system, bringing in Max and Keira’s law, on May 20, 2020. Everyone is hoping that public support for organ donation will continue to improve.
Organ donation is the most precious gift. Adults covered by the new law change still have a choice whether they want to be an organ donor and their families are still involved before it goes ahead.
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said:
We’re incredibly grateful to our dedicated colleagues at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Also, all of the courageous donors and their families that worked with us to support. They helped us to save so many lives last year.
Organ donation is the only hope for many desperately ill people. We know many families feel a sense of pride and comfort from their decision to let their relative’s final act to be saving lives.
No lifesaving transplant would be possible without the generosity of every donor and their families. They give their support and say ‘yes’ to organ donation.
With the new law around organ donation in England, we urge everyone to find out about the choices available to them. Make your decision and share it with their family.
Find out more and register your decision by visiting NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.