Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals help
give the organ donation message a much needed lift
SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospitals are
working in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant to promote organ donation
to all its staff, patients and visitors. The doors to the main lifts have been
covered with promotional messages urging people to sign up to be an organ donor.
In total, there are currently 23 people across West Lancashire and 172 in
Merseyside who need a lifesaving organ transplant. They need people to say yes
to organ donation so they can get the organ they so desperately need.
Hospital is promoting organ donation; in both Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals;
with the aim it might make people think about it while waiting for the lift and
then go on to register. This would hopefully, in turn, open the door to more
people getting the transplants they need.
During the past decade people in
Merseyside and West Lancashire have had their lives saved or transformed thanks
to deceased organ donors from across the UK. However, sadly three people a day
still die whilst in need of a transplant due to the shortage of people willing
to donate organs. In total, 8 out of 10 of us agree it's important to tell those
closest to us our views about organ donation after death, but only a third say
their family knows their wishes about organ donation.
Laurence Frys, Specialist Nurse for Organ
Donation at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:- "Organ
donation saves lives and one organ donor can save or transform up to 9 lives
and even more by donating tissue as well. I know that more families agree to
donation if they know their loved one was on the Organ Donor Register. Save your
family from having to guess what you would have wanted. Join the NHS Organ Donor
Register and let your family know your decision. 1 day it could be someone you
love in need of a transplant."
Dr Andrew Kent, Clinical Lead for Organ
Donation at Southport Hospital, added:- "We are delighted to be promoting
organ donation on the doors of the lifts within the Hospitals. Transplants save
lives and are only possible if people are willing to donate. Every single
Hospital in the UK will be in a Town or City where there are patients waiting
for a transplant and we hope this initiative will prompt our employees, patients
and visitors to the Hospital to think about organ donation and to commit to save
lives as a donor by signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register."
Please sign up:-
OrganDonation.NHS.UK and let your friends
and family know you want to help others after your death. For further
information please contact:- 0300 123 2323.