Become a donor and save a life
Medics urge locals to join register
NHS Lanarkshire are urging people to sign up to the organ donor register as part of National Transplant Week, which started on Monday.
People are being asked to make a difference by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Organ Donation Scotland are aiming to attract 2015 new registrations throughout the seven days — the equivalent of one Scot joining every five minutes, which is the time it takes to register.
Dr Harpreet Kohli, director of public health for NHS Lanarkshire, which covers Rutherglen and Cambuslang, said: “Around 96 per cent of people say that they believe that organ donation is the right thing to do, but only around 40 per cent have actually joined the organ donor register. It is important that everyone who believes in organ donation registers their wishes.
“Choosing to register as an organ donor is an important decision and is one that could help so many people.
“But it is vital to talk about your decision with your friends and family.
“When people understand their loved ones decision, it makes the decision to donate and the procedure of donating your organs less distressing for them.
“Hearing your reasons could also encourage them to sign up too.
“By signing up to the organ donor register, you could potentially save up to seven lives.”
Every registration and family conversation about organ donation wishes could save a life and give hope to the 560 people in Scotland who are currently waiting.
To join or for more information, go to www.organdonationscotland.org.
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