Families urged to clarify organ donation decision as 62 people await transplant in Oxfordshire
Families are invited to talk about organ donation, as 62 people are currently on the waiting list for a transplant in Oxfordshire.
Last year, 30 people in the county were saved after someone donated their organs.
After a most difficult year, waiting lists for organs, including kidneys, heart, liver and lungs, are expected to increase.
During organ donation week this week, the NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on more families to share their decision to increase the chances that more recipients will receive a lifesaving appeal.
The hidden impact for those who wait is highlighted with the release of a new song by children’s choir Harmonies of Hope titled Invisible.
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Even though the organ donation law has changed to an adult withdrawal system in England, in Scotland and Wales, he is aware that families will always be consulted before proceeding with organ donation. ”
Health and Social Affairs Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I want to commend Harmonies of Hope for their courage in sharing such powerful stories of life-saving transplants.
“It is essential that we do everything possible to ensure that no child feels invisible while waiting for a game, especially families from under-represented ethnic minority communities where donation rates are not high.”
For more information visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 or go to the NHS app.