Call for more Southwark residents to come forward and register as lifesaving blood and organ donors
Southwark community leaders are working together with NHS Blood and Transplant to increase the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic blood and organ donations in the borough. Blood and organ donations need to be well matched and people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a match.
Across England there is a need for more than 40,000 new black blood donors to step forward to meet the needs of patients. Each blood donation made has the chance to save or improve up to three lives and is especially important to meeting the needs of sickle cell patients. Sickle cell disease is the most common and fastest growing genetic disorder in England and the UK. It mainly affects black people and many patients rely on regular blood transfusions to help treat and prevent the painful symptoms and complications, which can include stroke and loss of vision. These patients require blood which is more closely matched, and this is most likely to come from a donor of the same ethnicity. Yet nationally only 1% of current blood donors are from the black community.
Currently approximately 50 people from Southwark are waiting for an organ transplant. Whilst 211 Southwark residents have received a transplant in the last ten years only 35 residents have donated after their death. This highlights that there is a clear need to discuss organ donation with people in Southwark. If you want to save lives sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family you have done so.
- Make and keep your appointment to donate in Southwark by calling the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk
- Register your wishes on the NHS Organ Donor Register online www.organdonation.nhs.uk
- It is also easy to book through mobile apps for Windows, Android and Apple devices. To download the app, search 'NHSGiveBlood' in the app store.