Help us raise awareness about organ donation in Gloucestershire

8th – 14th July is NHSBT National Transplant week and to mark the occasion, our Organ Donation Committee is launching a new campaign with the aim of getting more people to sign up to the NHSBT Organ Donor Register in Gloucestershire.

Taking place at the Atrium at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Monday 8th July at 10am, the launch of the Gloucestershire ‘Be a Hero’ awareness campaign will bring together clinicians with patients who have benefitted from organ donations in the county and also the family of relatives who donated their organs.

People from all over the county will be offered the opportunity to come forward to join the register and discuss organ donation in more detail with transplant recipients, nurses, doctors and donor families.

Kate Hurley, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation said: "We are looking forward to the event as it is an opportunity for us to look at the work we are doing in the County, to meet with supporters of the organ donation campaign and to encourage more people to become supporters.

“Gloucestershire Hospitals has been a big supporter of the campaign in the past and we will be reminding staff as well as patients about the value of organ donation and asking them to ‘be a hero’ and to sign up to the register.

“We know there are many more people who have not yet joined the register and we encourage those people to sign up and discuss organ donation with their loved ones."

At Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) we understand the importance of organ donation.  Last year, 59 Gloucestershire residents received an organ transplant and 55 people had the gift of sight from corneal transplants (based on the financial year from April 2012 to March 2013).

Over the last four years (since April 2009), a total of 26 people have died before receiving a transplant and there are currently 95 patients on the active transplant waiting list.

Alex D’Agapeyeff, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at GHNHSFT, said: "One donor can save the lives of several people, restore the sight of two others and improve the quality of life for many more.

"The more people who pledge to donate their organs and tissue after their death, the more people stand to benefit. Organ donation is the greatest gift one person can give to another."

 Would you take an organ if you needed one?

Nearly everyone would, but only 31% of us have joined the Organ Donor Register. Please help us to turn people’s good intentions about organ donation into action by registering on the NHS Organ Donor Register.