Seven words to save up to seven lives

In a bid to help the 600 Scots who are desperately waiting on a life-saving transplant, 122 people living in Aberdeenshire signed-up to the NHS Organ Donor Register in just two days as a national tour came to town.

Visiting Morrisons in Peterhead and Tesco in Fraserburgh, specialist staff were on hand to answer questions on organ donation and sign-up those wishing to join the two million Scots who have already joined the Register.

The 33-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, 42 percent of people living in the NHS Grampian Health Board region have expressed their wishes by adding their name to the Register - more than the Scottish average of over 40 percent.

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.

Dr Nick Fluck, Medical lead Acute, NHS Grampian, said: “Every person who signs up to the NHS Organ Donor Register could potentially save up to seven lives. While many people in Grampian have shown their commitment to organ donation, more still needs to be done.

“Most of us would accept a donated organ if we needed one, so it’s worth taking the time to chat and make a decision on joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.”

John Forsythe, Scotland’s Lead Clinician for Organ Donation and Transplantation, added: “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.”

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