30 June 2011
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be supporting NHS Blood and Transplant’s call for more people to sign up to the national Organ Donor Register during Transplant Week from 4-10 July.
The theme of the awareness week is ‘What are you waiting for?’ and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) are asking people to reduce the waiting time for an organ by signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register. For more information visit www.transplantweek.co.uk
From Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July there will be a stand with leaflets and information about signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register near the main entrance, Level 1, at the Royal Derby Hospital. Staff will also be making people aware that in order to see that their wishes are carried out in the event of their death, it is essential that those who become donors discuss donation with family and friends.
Dr Marco Giovannelli, consultant in intensive care and clinical lead for organ donation, said: “Many patients who have been cared for at the Royal Derby Hospital have transformed the lives of others through the generous donation of their organs following their death. While organ transplant operations themselves are not carried out at the Royal Derby Hospital, some patients who have received a transplant are cared for by the Trust.
“During Transplant Week we will be encouraging more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donation Register and help reduce the waiting times transplant patients have for organs. Donating an organ is giving the gift of life and we want to make sure people who sign up to the register discuss this with their family and friends so their wishes can be carried out in the event of their death.”
During 2010, more than 1,000 people in the UK donated organs after death, allowing more than 2,700 organ transplants to take place. However, there are still more than 10,000 people in need of a transplant and three people die every day while waiting for an organ.
Staff at Derby Hospitals are committed to fulfilling the wishes of the individual and their loved ones and discuss organ donation when it is appropriate, accessing the NHS Organ Donor Register to assist the sensitivedecision making in end of life care.
Kidney patients are cared for at the Royal Derby Hospital in the lead up to their transplant operation and afterwards. However, patients waiting for transplants such as heart, lungs or liver are referred elsewhere, and will receive their pre and post-operative care at that centre. They will, however, come back under the care of their consultant here in Derby.
There are currently 90 patients under the care of the Royal Derby Hospital waiting for a kidney transplant. Of those, 38 patients are currently on dialysis at the hospital, 39 patients are on home dialysis and 13 may soon start dialysis.
In April a piece of artwork was suspended in the main entrance of the Royal Derby Hospital with the aim of creating a talking point around the important issue of organ donation, remembering those who have donated organs and encouraging more people to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register. It was funded by Derby Hospitals’ Organ Donation Committee from monies allocated to promote organ donation locally and recognise the ultimate gift of life that an organ donor makes.
You can join the NHS Organ Donor Register by:
- Filling in a form at www.uktransplant.org.uk
- Calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23
(Lines are open 24 hours a day all year round. Calls are charged at your contracted rate for local calls)
- By texting SAVE to 84118
You can also join when you are:
- Registering for a driving licence
- Applying for a Boots Advantage Card
- Registering at a GP surgery
- Registering for a European Health Insurance card (EHIC)
Leaflets are also displayed in GP surgeries, libraries and many hospitals and pharmacies.
Notes to Editors:
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Organ Donation Committee was formed in June 2009 following the Government’s acceptance of recommendations made by the Organ Donation Taskforce. It aims to implement local changes and improve organ donation rates. It has a lay chair and 15 members representing a wide section of medical specialities involved in organ donation, the chaplaincy and organ donor families. Their overriding ethos is to ensure that everyone who wished to donate their organs is given that opportunity in the event of their death.
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Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust