Dozen Bucks organ donors help UK reach record figures for lifesavers
Over the past decade there has been a 71% increase in county
More and more families in the area are supporting donation. There has been a 71% increase in donors in Buckinghamshire over the past decade.
NHS Blood and Transplant released the figures to mark the publication of its annual Transplant Activity Report on Monday July 9.
The report reveals there is growing support for organ donation in Buckinghamshire and around the country.
Nationally there was a record number of organ donors, with 1,574 people saving lives through deceased organ donation over the past year.
However, the overall shortage of donors remains and there is an urgent need for more people to support donation.
Around three people die a day in need of a donated organ but many people have never told their rela- tives they want to save lives. Letting your family know that you want to donate will make it much easier for them to support what you want.
There are still 67 people from Buckinghamshire on the transplant waiting list and a donated organ is the last and only hope for many people on the list.
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to all the families in Buckinghamshire who have chosen to say ‘yes’ to organ donation.
“Organ donation is the only hope for many desperately ill people. We know many families feel a sense of pride and comfort from their decision to save lives through organ donation. We want more people to have that opportunity.”
She added: “We need more people aged over 50 in Buckinghamshire to support donation.
“People in older age groups can still save and transform lives through organ and tissue dona- tion. Many more lives could be saved by telling their families they want to donate.”
The annual report also demonstrates how the ageing population means the average age of potential donors is increasing.
The average age of donors in Buckinghamshire during 2017 was 55.
Anyone can join the register and age and medical conditions are not necessarily a barrier.
However, many over 50s do not join the register or tell their families they want to donate because they do not think their or- gans could help other people.
Tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation and join the register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk.