Every day across the UK someone dies waiting for a transplant. There are 7,000 people waiting for a life saving or changing transplant in the UK. Across Wakefield and Kirklees 150 adults and children are currently waiting on the transplant list.
Although 90% of people support organ donation, only 38% of the population in the UK had registered their organ donation decision on the Organ Donor Register, and in the area covered by Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust only 33% have registered their decision to be an organ donor.
The law around organ donation in England has changed to an “opt-out system”; to allow more people to save more lives.
Where you have made a decision (yes or no) about organ donation – either by recording it on the Organ Donor Register or by telling your family – this will always be respected.
The law means that all adults in England will be considered to become an organ and tissue donor when they die, unless they have made a decision or are in one of the excluded groups. Families will always be involved in this decision.
Adults covered by the change will still have a choice whether they want to be an organ donor and their families will still be consulted before organ donation goes ahead, which is why it is important to not only register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register – whether a yes or a no - but share it with your family or closest friends too, to give them the certainty to support your decision at a difficult time.
You could save or transform up to nine people's lives by donating your organs when you die and help more people by donating tissue. You can choose which organs you want to donate on the Organ Donor Register.
Organ donation is an amazingly generous gift whatever your ethnicity, and one that can save or dramatically improve the lives of patients in need.
There is a shortage of donors from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, which means that members of these groups may wait longer for a transplant.
All major religions support organ donation, and people can register their faith on the Organ Donor Register. Faith and beliefs will be respected as part of the organ donation process. Find out more about religious beliefs and organ donation here.
How you can help
Please visit organdonation.nhs.uk to register your decision and find out more. Please also support the National Organ Donation Week by sharing this information widely in your communities and promoting it using your social media.