This week (5th to 11th September 2016) is Organ Donation week. This is the week when we remind everyone about how important organ donation is. A few facts …
- 3 patients a week die whole on the organ donation waiting list – that is why it is so important that you sign the organ donation register.
- Even if you have signed the register, after your death you family could override your decision and refuse permission for your organs to be used for a transplant – so it is also very important that you have a conversation with your loved ones so they know your wishes.
- Besides organs (heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and small bowel), tissue such as corneas, skin, bone, heart valves can be used to help others.
- All the major religions of the UK support the principles of organ donation and accept that it is an individual choice.
Lesley, Jane and I are volunteers with the Organ Donation and Transplant committee for West Sussex, helping to raise awareness about ODT by leafletting in the hospitals, doctors surgeries and this winter we hope at sports events. If anyone is interested in joining us, you will be very welcome – just contact one of us. Here we are setting up displays for the week in St Richards.
For this week I have changed the banner heading on the website pages to the one above as a reminder.
If you are not registered and would like to click here.