Pledge to save lives by supporting organ donation

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has pledged to help save lives by supporting Organ Donation Week, 3 – 9 September. 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, and there are around 35 people in Stockton and Hartlepool on the transplant waiting list. It’s amazing that 13 patients had their lives saved due to the continued excellent work within North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust in the last 12 months, however a further 29 people died in the North East whilst waiting for that lifesaving transplant. As we continue in our challenge to save even more lives we need to ensure that each potential donor is given the opportunity to donate.

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. Around 102,671 people in Stockton and Hartlepool are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register but people also need to tell their family they want to donate.

This year as part of the national campaign a number of buildings and landmarks across the North East will be ‘lighting up’ pink. The Trust will be supporting by lighting up the North Wing wall at North Tees Hospital, also in Stockton the Town Hall, the fountains in the high street and the Princess Dianna Bridge will all be pink in support. We will also be flying the organ donation flag at both Hospital sites in Hartlepool and Stockton, along with Hartlepool College of Further education who will also be pink for the week! The Trust is also holding information stalls and sharing information online throughout the campaign.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trusts Medical director Deepak Dwarakanath said: “We need more people in Stockton and Hartlepool 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 8 out of 10 people telling us they would be willing to donate or would consider it.

“Sadly, many opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. We can change things, though we need your support to get people talking.”

Anthony Clarkson, Interim Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We are very grateful to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust for its support during Organ Donation Week.

“Words save lives. Please, tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation, because it could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”

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 www.organdonation.nhs.uk

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