NHS urges discussions about organ donation this Christmas

18 December 2013
NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to talk to their families over the festive period about being an organ donor.

The organisation has released the results of a survey showing that only one in 20 people in England and Wales spending time with family at Christmas will discuss organ donation. For the 83% of people in England and Wales who plan to spend the festive period with family, chats about holidays and the weather are much more likely to take place than discussions about organ donation.

Anthony Clarkson, acting director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss organ donation when you’re with your family this Christmas.

"We know that Christmas is a time for enjoying ourselves and talking about the nice things in life like future holidays. But for people in need of an organ, Christmas is a very difficult time so we are urging everybody to talk about organ donation.  If you know you want to donate your organs when you die tell those around you.  Doing so can help remove the burden of those closest to you having to guess what you would have wanted in difficult circumstances later on.”

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people to tell their families this Christmas that they want to donate their organs, and to record their decision by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

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