Organ donation boost in town

A total of 154 people from Peterhead signed-up to save lives in just two days as a national tour came to town last month.

Visiting Morrisons in Peterhead on March 10 and 11, specialist staff were on hand to talk to locals about organ donation and encourage them to join the two million other Scots already on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

The 40-date tour is part of the national campaign, which highlights how the seven words ‘I’d like to be an organ donor’ can save up to seven lives.

To date, 43 percent of people living in the NHS Grampian Health Board region have expressed their wishes by adding their name to the Register – higher than the national average sign-up rate of 41 per cent.

However with three people dying in the UK every day whilst waiting on a transplant, the campaign is calling for more people to think about organ donation and make their wishes known.

NHS Grampian’s organ donation clinical lead, Dr Iain Macleod said: “The best way to show your commitment to giving the gift of life is to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family and friends your wishes.

“That discussion is important because if the time comes when those close to you are asked about donating your organs, they already know your wishes.

“One donor can save the lives of up to seven people who are waiting for a transplant. Signing up to the Register takes a matter of minutes, whether online or by calling the Organ Donor Register team.”

John Forsythe, Scotland’s Lead Clinician for Organ Donation and Transplantation, said: “In our society, nobody likes talking about death. It’s a taboo subject.

“However those who have elected to join the NHS Organ Donor Register or who have made their families aware of their organ donation wishes, make a most generous decision which allows others to live.

“Due to the generosity of the Scottish people, organ donor numbers are increasing and allowing more life-saving transplants to take place. But there is much still to do as people wait on lists for their chance to get a transplant.

“Please think about what you would want to happen to you, add your name to the Register and, as the ad says, have a wee chat to your family too.”

Join the NHS Organ Donor Register - www.organdonationscotland.org or text LIFE to 61611.

It only takes a few minutes but could mean the difference between life and death for those waiting for a transplant.