Are you an organ donor?
Members of the East Sussex Healthcare Organ Donation Group will be at the Arndale Centre on Saturday (23 April).
They'll be raising awareness of organ donation and hoping to encourage more people to register.
Dr Tuhin Goswami, Clinical Lead Organ Donation said, “In the UK, one in three people die every day, while waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. It doesn’t have to be this way with your help. We are going to the Arndale to encourage people to sign up to the donor register but more importantly, to tell their next of kin of their wishes. Telling your nearest and dearest is important so they fully understand and honour your wishes regarding organ and tissue donation. It’s true that in the UK, 2 out of 5 (40%) families refuse organ donation even if their loved one has signed and consented to this on the organ donor register!”
“Each and every organ donor can give the gift of life and save up to nine people and can help many more through tissue donation such as skin, corneas and tendons. Because of this, we want to do all we can to ensure all local people who want to donate are able to by making sure they sign up to the Organ Donor Register and talk about their wishes with their families.”
One single organ donor can donate several organs, helping up to 9 different people. Tissues sych as the cornea, bone, heart valves, skin, tendons and cartilage can also be donated.
Anyone can join the register via www.organdonation.nhs.uk/how_to_become_a_donor/registration or by calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23.