Blues pay visit to
TRANSPLANT patients were paid a
surprise visit this week as Everton Football Club Ambassadors Graeme Sharp
and Graham Stuart called into the Royal Liverpool University Hospital to
mark National Transplant Week.
The fans' favourites visited patients on Ward 6B and Ward 9A who have
recently received kidney transplants as well as patients who are undergoing
dialysis; a procedure which cleans blood if the kidneys aren't working
Graeme Sharp, Everton's leading post war goal scorer and club Ambassador,
said:- "It's been really inspiring for us to come here today and meet
these patients who have benefitted recently from the kindness of others.
Signing up to the organ donation register only takes a few minutes but can
help to save lives."
The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is the regional referral centre for
renal transplants; the transfer of a healthy kidney to the person with
little or no kidney function.
Dr Peter Hampshire, clinical lead for organ donation at the Royal, said:-
"It's fantastic to have Everton in the Community come and visit
transplant patients. We want to get as many people as possible talking about
organ donation and joining the organ donor register.
We also want people to discuss their decision with their families, so that
their relatives know what they would want to happen if they were in a
situation where donation is possible.
Unfortunately 3 people die every day while waiting for a transplant in
the UK. You could help save someone else's life after your death. You may
not realise it but one organ donor can potentially save up to 8 lives."
National Transplant Week aims to raise the awareness of the benefits of
organ and tissue donation, and to encourage people to sign up for the organ
donation register sooner rather than later.
Everton in the Community works with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital
throughout the year to support and deliver a number of health promotion
campaigns which work to raise awareness of public health issues as well as
creating a healthier Liverpool for all.