Be­come a donor and save a life

Medics urge lo­cals to join register

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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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