Organ donation week - sign up to save lives
People in Southwark can help save lives by signing up to become organ donors – and by sharing this decision with their families.
During Organ Donation Week (3-9 September), NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging as many people as possible to register their commitment to becoming organ donors.
Right now across the UK, there are around 6,500 people in need of an organ transplant, including around 150 children and teenagers.
According to figures from the NHS Blood and Transplant, there are approximately 30 people on the transplant waiting list in Southwark.
For people in the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities, the situation is even more critical. They wait longer than white patients for kidney transplants due to lack of suitable organs.
Currently, three people in need of an organ transplant die every day, often because families haven't discussed the subject and don't know whether to consent to donation on behalf of a relative.
Families will always be approached about donation if a loved one can donate their organs. Knowing what their loved one wanted helps families support their decision at a difficult time.
If you donate your organs after you die you could save and improve the lives of up to nine people – and help even more if you donate tissue.
Millions of people are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Join them today, and tell your family you want to save lives.
Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk
Find out more about sharing your decision with your family at www.organdonation.nhs.uk/share-my-decision/