New Organ Donation Partnership

20/01/2014

NHS Blood and Transplant has joined forces with the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition as part of a new partnership to encourage more people to tell their loved ones whether they want to be an organ donor.

Dying Matters aims to raise public awareness about the importance of talking more openly about dying and wants more people to think about and plan for their end of life, including through sharing their organ donation wishes. The Coalition is led by the National Council for Palliative Care, the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Telling your loved ones about your organ donation decision is vital. Fewer than 5,000 people each year die in circumstances where they can donate their organs, so it is important that every potential donor who wants to donate lets their family know what they want. Doing so can remove the burden of them having to guess at a difficult time.

Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition said: "Although progress is being made, too many of us are still shunning or leaving too late the important conversations that can help avoid heartbreak and regret at the end of life and also save other lives.

“That’s why we are delighted to be working in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant to help encourage and support people across the UK to make their wishes about organ donation known and to stimulate public discussion on such an important Every potential organ donor can save or transform up to nine lives and we know this legacy can provide comfort and be a source of pride for their family issue.”

Please tell those closest to you about your organ donation decision, and record it by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.

To find out more about why it is so important to tell your loved ones about your organ donation decision and to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk/dm/ or call 0300 123 23 23.

This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place between May 12 and 18 with the theme ‘Dying Matters: You only die once’. To find out more visit www.dyingmatters.org