Talk to your family about organ donation, urges Northumbria
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people across Northumberland and North Tyneside to talk to their families about organ donation.
As part of Organ Donation Week which runs until 9 September, the trust is raising awareness in an attempt to increase the number of people whose lives can be saved or transformed by an organ transplant.
Nationally, three people die every day in need of an organ. By having a conversation now and knowing what a loved one wanted helps families to support their decision at a difficult time.
In the last year, 14 patients have received transplants from organs donated at The Northumbria hospital.
The trust is also marking the week by announcing its plans to install a specially-designed artwork at The Northumbria hospital next year to remember those who have donated organs and further raise awareness.
Tracey Carrott, specialist nurse in organ donation at NHS Blood and Transplant based at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We need more people in Northumberland and North Tyneside to talk about organ donation to increase the number of lifesaving transplants.
“Only one-third of adults in England have told their partner or their family they want to donate, despite eight out of 10 people telling us they would be willing to donate or would consider it.
“Sadly, many opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not.
“We can change things, though we need your support to get people talking.”
Northumbria Healthcare’s sculpture is being made by blacksmith artist Stephen Lunn at his forge in Red Row and is funded by the trust’s organ donation committee.
Stephen’s design is based on the themes of movement and daydreaming and uses natural shapes to tell a story. Weaved into the design are uplifting messages from the families of people who have donated organs.
Tracey said: “The sculpture promises to be a lasting memorial to those people whose organs have transformed lives. We’re delighted to be working with Stephen and we’re hugely looking forward to seeing the sculpture develop and being displayed at our Northumbria hospital.”
Anthony Clarkson, interim director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We are very grateful to Northumbria Healthcare for its support during Organ Donation Week.
“Words save lives. Please, tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation because it could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”
To register to be an organ donor visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or ring 0300 123 23 23.
Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680