Airedale Health Trust Supports Advocacy Against Organ Donation
AIREDALE NHS Foundation Trust supports calls for people to talk to loved ones about organ donation.
A change in law last year means all adults in England are now considered to have agreed to be organ donors, unless they have registered a decision not to donate or are part of of an excluded group.
But relatives will always be consulted before any donation.
And health chiefs say some transplant opportunities are being missed because family members don’t know what to do.
“Knowing what your loved one wanted helps families make their decision about organ donation in what is often a difficult time,” said Dr Ella Checkley, anesthesia and critical care medicine consultant at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust .
“We need more people in Bradford and Craven to speak with their loved ones about organ donation to give them the certainty they need to support their decision.
“These conversations are especially important for residents of Black and Asian descent. People from these communities are more likely to need a transplant, but they often wait longer because the best chance of a match will often come from someone of the same ethnicity.
“We need more people in our area to talk about organ donation in order to increase the number of life-saving transplants. ”
The Health Trust has partnered with the NHS Blood and Transplant to launch the advocacy for Organ Donation Week.
Anthony Clarkson, for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We are very grateful to Airedale NHS Foundation Trust for their support during organ donation week.
“Even now that the law has changed, families will continue to be approached before organ donation. It is still very important to talk to your families and make sure they know what you would like to happen.
“Record your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Registry and let your family know about the choice you have made.
“If the time is right, we know families find the conversation about organ donation much easier if they already know what their loved one wanted.
This year, organ donation has also been added to the national program for the first time, so family members – regardless of their age – are encouraged to come together to talk about their own decisions about organ donation. ‘organs. ”
For more information and to save your decision, visit organdonation.nhs.uk.
People can also use the NHS app.