Hospitals in the pink to raise awareness of organ donation

Hospitals in the pink to raise awareness of organ donation

Hospitals in the pink to raise awareness of organ donation

Members of the portering team will also be clad in pink to help spread the message.Health professionals are urging people, as part of the awareness week, which runs until September 13, to talk about the subject.

The law changed this year to help save lives and improve more, as every day across the UK someone dies waiting for a transplant.

Under Max and Keira’s Law all adults will be considered to have consented to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to, or are in an excluded group.

Consultant anaesthetist and clinical lead on organ donation for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) Dr Shan Dharmarajah said: “Organ donation remains a choice and families will still be involved in any donation decision. It is absolutely an individual’s choice whether they want to register as an organ donor or to opt out.

“Once a person has made their decision, we encourage them to let their friends and family know and consider registering their decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register.”

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.

SNODS – specialist nurses in organ donation – work closely with hospital staff and families to ensure they are supported through the process.

SNOD Fay Turner (pictured) said: “If more people had the discussion with their partner, friends or family, it would really help as words save lives. This is why Organ Donation Week this year is not only about celebrating our donors and their brave families, but really promoting the law change in a bid to get more people talking.”

Dr Dharmarajah added: “Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements in modern medicine but they depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families who are willing to make this life saving gift. One donor can give life to several people.”

It is quick and easy to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Call 0300 123 23 23 or visit

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