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Edition No. 218

Date:- 11 September 2005

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JUST over 50,000 more "lifesavers" are needed to help the NHS Organ Donor Register reach its goal of adding 1 million new registrations during its 10th anniversary year. With less than 1 month of the national challenge to go, UK Transplant is urging everyone who hasn't yet registered to do it now and send a huge message of support to the thousands currently waiting for a life-saving transplant.

Since 6 October, when the million challenge was launched at a special event in Trafalgar Square, the NHS authority has been deluged with applications from kind hearted people wanting to join the ODR which has led to 948,711 new registrations, bringing the total to more than 12.5 million.

Maxine Walter, spokesman for NHS UK Transplant, said:- "The response so far has been wonderful and underlines the huge support that exists for organ donation in the UK. Thanks are due to everyone who's taken the time to sign up. We're now counting on just over 50,000 more people to help us make it a million!"

The kindness of donors has meant that 2,529 people have had their lives saved or enhanced by an organ transplant in the first 11 months of the anniversary year. During the same period, a further 2,194 patients have regained their sight through a cornea transplant. Almost 8,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant to save or dramatically improve their lives but fewer than 2,800 transplants take place each year in the UK due to the shortage of donors.

Maxine Walter added:- "Transplantation is a highly successful treatment but without the generosity of donors it would not be possible. I would urge anyone who has been thinking about signing up, but has not got round to it, to do it now. They'll be helping us to meet our challenge but, more importantly, potentially to save lives in future. Then they need to inform those close to them about their decision so that their wishes can be acted upon if the time ever comes."

Anyone who has been carrying a donor card for longer than 10 years is also encouraged to sign up as the register provides a more secure way of recording their wishes. Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register by telephoning the Organ Donor Line on 0845 60 60 400 or by visiting


"IT is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden death of Mr Thottapilli Jayaram (Jay) Menon on Sunday 4th September 2005, aged 58. Mr Menon joined Ormskirk Hospital as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in March l984 and had recently received his Long Service Award at a ceremony in the Trust.

Mr Menon was born in Southern India and graduated from Madras University with a MBBS in 1971. In 1975 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons from Glasgow University and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Orthopaedics) from Edinburgh in l982; gaining Higher Surgical Training Certificate in Orthopaedics in l983.

Mr Menon was Clinical Director of Orthopaedics for the Trust and led the clinical development of orthopaedics, culminating in the recent reconfiguration of services to create a trauma unit and an elective unit.

He spent many years helping provide surgery on a voluntary basis in Southern India and was the driving force behind the annual Orthopaedic Ball, raising money for the orthopaedic service.

He will be remembered by his friends and colleagues for not only his clinical skill and commitment to his patients, but also as a wonderful, helpful man who was always more concerned about others than himself.

Our sympathies go to his wife Raji and son Nikki and all his extended family and friends."
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

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