Organ Donation Week spreads message on law change
By Rob Freeman | 7th September 2020
Every day across the UK someone dies waiting for an organ transplant - but just one donor can save or transform up to nine people's lives.
Organ Donation Week, which runs until Sunday, is aiming to raise awareness that a law change saw England change to an opt-out system in May.
All adults in England are now considered an organ and tissue donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.
Ian Mean, who chairs the Gloucestershire Organ Donation Committee, said: "Adults covered by the change will still have a choice whether they want to be an organ donor and their families will still be involved before organ donation goes ahead.
"What everyone needs to do is to make their organ donation decision known to their family. This gives your family the certainty to support your decision at a difficult time."
He continued: "One of the hardest decisions we have with families when talking about organ donation, is when they don't know their loved one's organ donation decision.
"It leaves them so uncertain about what the right thing to do is. Please don't leave your family facing this uncertainty.
So, during this Organ Donation Week, please let them know your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donation Register.
- Anyone able to help the voluntary organ donation committee locally, contact ian.mean@Businesswest.co.uk for details.
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