People across Banburyshire are being urged to break their silence on organ donation during National Transplant Week.
Throughout this week NHS Blood and Transplant wants to get the whole nation talking about organ donations, after a third of adults living in the UK admit they haven’t considered organ donation or decied if they want to be an organ donor.
Anthony Clarkson, NHS Blood and Transplant’s assistant director for organ donation and nursing, said: “Every day three people die in need of a transplant. Yet across the UK one in three adults haven’t considered organ donation or decided whether they want to be an organ donor.
“To save more lives we need more donors. To raise that number we really need everyone to understand the importance of not being complacent. We need to get to the point where organ donation is high on the list of important personal conversations we routinely have with loved ones.”
Figures show that there are 104 people living across Northamptonshire waiting for a transplant and last year 57 people had their lives saved thanks to deceased organ donation.
Seventy seven people in Warwickshire are on the waiting list with and 20 people having their lives saved and 83 people in Oxfordshire are on the waiting list with 41 having their lives saved.
NHS Blood and Transplant is working with partners to raise awareness and get involved in the Seven Days to Say Yes I Donate campaign.
Mr Clarkson said: “As a nation we’re happy sharing dreams of big money wins and bucket-list holidays and we’ll confide in our loved ones our worries about how we look. Yet many of us are still not making the time or are not comfortable talking about organ donation. This week we’d like everyone to give a few minutes of their time to think about organ donation.”
Last year the number of people donating organs in the UK fell for the first time in 11 years. The UK also has the lowest rates in Europe for families consenting to organ donation and in 2014/15 only 58 per cent agreed to donate their family members’ organs after their death.
As part of the Seven Days to Say Yes I Donate campaign, anyone can show their support for organ donation on social media during this week by posting about your conversations using the hashag #sayidonate
Across Northamptonshire there are currently 258,674 people registered on the Organ Don or Register, with 196,596 across Warwickshire and 282,946 across Oxfordshire.
Even among those who want to be organ donors, there is a reluctance to talk about the subject - with key reasons being discomfort talking about death and not wanting to upset family.
Mr Clarkson added: “Telling your loved one you want to be an organ donor means your family will be in no doubt about your decision meaning your wishes will be fulfilled should you die in circumstances where organ donation is possible.
Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk for more details.