Families in Herefordshire and Worcestershire urged to talk about organ donation

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The NHS is calling on people across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to talk to their families about organ donation during Organ Donation Week.

It comes as more than 7,000 people, including 200 children, are predicted to be in need of an organ transplant.

Currently - 10 people are on the waiting list for a transplant in Herefordshire.

Last year, 8 people in the county had their lives saved by a transplant after someone died and donated their organs.

NHS Blood and Transplant is calling for more families in the county to talk and share their organ donation decision.

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation, at NHS Blood and Transplant, says: “Every day across the UK there are thousands of patients and their families, waiting for that all important life-saving call, including 10 people in Herefordshire. Yet, this is often only possible as a result of another family receiving some of the hardest news they might ever have to hear.

“Even though the law around organ donation has changed to an opt out system for adults in England, Scotland and Wales, it is important that people are aware that families will still always be consulted before organ donation goes ahead.

“It is just as important as ever to make your organ donation decision known to your family and friends and leave them certain of what you what to happen in the event of your death.  

“We urge all family members of all ages in Herefordshire to take a moment this Organ Donation Week to talk and share your decision.”

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