Talk to your relatives about organ donation

In her latest blog post, chief executive Julie Gillon is reflecting on the importance of organ donation.

She said: “You may have seen that it was Organ Donation Week last week – we certainly played our part to help raise awareness of this fantastic campaign.

“The message we were helping highlight to so many people is so simple but incredibly important – we all need to talk to our families about what our wishes are. If we want to be an organ donor then we need to tell our loved ones so that we can be sure that our wishes are followed.

“Sadly, so many people don’t do this and it means many opportunities are missed to save lives. I am on the organ donor register and I see first-hand at this trust the impact an organ donor can have on other people’s lives. One donor alone can help save several lives. That’s an incredible thing and a chance that is far too important to miss.

“Over the course of the week our specialist team were raising awareness to staff and visitors, while outside we were proudly flying the organ donation flags at both of our hospital sites.

“We were also delighted to join in with the national campaign to ‘light up pink’ for organ donation week – the north wing at the University Hospital of North Tees was shining brightly every night during the week.

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped spread such an important message over the course of the week.”

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