Neston MP Says Families Should Talk About Organ Donation
|Published: 12th October 2017 09:25|
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, supported Organ Donation Week and an appeal for constituents to talk about organ donation, at a recent Parliamentary reception.
33,278 people in Ellesmere Port and Neston are on the NHS Organ Donor Register but hundreds of lifesaving transplants are being missed around the country every year because families don't know what their relative wanted.
NHS Blood and Transplant, hospitals, charities and supporters of organ donation are encouraging people across the UK to talk about organ donation with their relatives and friends.
Justin Madders MP with Joanne Roberts
Justin said: "I'm proud to support this life-saving appeal and it's really easy for everyone to take part - just have a chat.
"If you want to be a donor, your family's agreement is still needed for donation to go ahead, even if you are on the NHS Organ Donor Register, so it's important that they know what you want in advance.
"I met Joanne Roberts from Ellesmere Port at the Parliamentary event and it was extremely interesting to be able to talk to someone who really knows how important organ donation is.
"At least one person dies every day whilst waiting for a kidney transplant and of the people on the transplant waiting list locally, around 90% of them are waiting for a kidney. You are more likely to need a transplant than to be a donor so please take a few minutes to have a think about what you would do if you needed a transplant, and have that life-saving chat with your family so they know your wishes.
"Families who agree to donate say it helps with their grief and that they feel an enormous sense of pride at knowing their relative gave others the chance of a new beginning."
Find out about signing up for organ donation here.