Donor reg­is­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Peo­ple are be­ing urged to sign the NHS Or­gan Donor reg­is­ter af­ter it emerged the scheme has saved more than 1,000 lives. Fig­ures re­leased by NHS Blood and Trans­plant of­fi­cials show the num­ber of peo­ple now liv­ing as a re­sult of or­gan do­na­tions reached 1,263 in Kent. The num­ber was taken from the group’s an­nual Trans­plant Ac­tiv­ity Re­port, which is also out to­day. More peo­ple are alive thanks to trans­plants be­cause of im­prov­ing sur­vival rates and in­creased pub­lic com­mit­ment to do­na­tion. In Kent, the num­ber of peo­ple on the Or­gan Donor Reg­is­ter has in­creased from 543,832 five years ago to 691,361 to­day. Your age or ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions should not stop you from sign­ing up. Of­fi­cials say you could save or trans­form up to nine peo­ple’s lives by do­nat­ing your or­gans when you die and help even more by do­nat­ing tis­sue. Na­tion­ally, the num­ber of peo­ple on the NHS Or­gan Donor Reg­is­ter reached a record num­ber, 23.6 mil­lion. To­day 36% of the UK’s pop­u­la­tion is on the NHS Or­gan Donor Reg­is­ter, com­pared to 30% five years ago. Last year 114 peo­ple in Kent had trans­plants, com­pared to 87 five years ago. Sally John­son, di­rec­tor of Or­gan Do­na­tion and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Trans­plant, said: “More peo­ple than ever in Kent are com­mit­ting to or­gan do­na­tion and that is sav­ing more lives than ever. “It’s amaz­ing to pic­ture all the peo­ple now alive to­day thanks to or­gan do­na­tion and think of all the fam­i­lies and chil­dren who have grown up thanks to donors. “Our spe­cial­ist nurses in or­gan do­na­tion are now al­most al­ways in­volved in dis­cus­sions with fam­i­lies over or­gan do­na­tion. “How­ever there is still a long way to go. Around three peo­ple still die a day in need of a trans­plant. “Ev­ery one of those peo­ple who died could be a mother or a fa­ther, a daugh­ter or a son, who might be alive to­day. “Fam­i­lies tell us do­na­tion is a source of pride that helps them in their griev­ing process. We don’t want any­one in Kent to miss the op­por­tu­nity to do­nate. “Please join the NHS Or­gan Donor Reg­is­ter. It only takes two min­utes.”

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