96% of people are willing to accept an organ and yet only 27% have joined the Organ Donor Register. Currently 3 people per day died while awaiting a life saving transplant.
Our goal is to ensure every individual and every family are offered the opportunity to donate organs and tissues of their loved ones after they’ve died.
We hope that from their own personal tragedy, donor families will gain comfort in knowing they have transformed other peoples lives in a uniquely positive way
Give the gift of life
Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine. But they depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families to make this life-saving gift to others. One donor can give life to several people and restore the sight of two more.
There is a critical shortage of organs and the gap between the number of organs donated and the number of people waiting for a transplant is increasing all the time; Right now, more than 8,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant and every year around 400 people die while waiting for a suitable donor organ. The need for donors has never been greater.
What is organ donation?
Organ donation is the gift of an organ to help someone else who needs a transplant. Hundreds of people’s lives are saved each year by the generosity of organ donors. Organs that can be donated after death include the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and small bowel. Tissue such as skin, bone, heart valves and corneas can also be used to help others. To find about more about organ donation click here.
How to join the organ donation register
Organ donation in Herefordshire
Wye Valley NHS Trust has a resident Specialist Nurses in Donor Care Michelle Powell. She has a background in intensive care nursing and is specially trained to support and guide bereaved families through the organ donation process.
Throughout the UK there has been a massive investment to increase the numbers of organ donors in an attempt to bridge the gap between the number of people desperately waiting for a transplant and the number of people who currently donate organs following their death.
Our Organ Donation Committee
We believe that all families should have the opportunity to be involved in decision making around donation and other end of life issues and we strive to ensure these choices are given to families in a timely manner.
At Wye Valley NHS Trust the organ donation committee is formed from a core group of individuals at the Trust who work closely with many of the hospitals services, ensuring that strategies and resources are in place to ensure that donation can occur in a streamlined manner. Find out more about our committee and it's members
We ensure that there are robust policies in place and that we maintain best practice alongside national guidance in all aspects of end of life and donation practices. The committee also works to promote knowledge and awareness of donation and its benefits throughout the Trust and the wider community.
The Committee membership is as follows:
- John Hutchinson - Chair
- Carl Stevenson – Clinical Lead for Organ Donation
- Michelle Powell – Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation
- Sally Johnson – Consultant in Palliative Care
- Philip Roberts – Chaplain
- Tracey Hamer – Unit Manager, ITU
- Find out more about organ donation on the NHS Blood and Transplant website or call the Organ Donor Line on 0300 123 2323
- The NHS Blood and Transplant website also has information on tissue donation. Or call the National Referral Centre on 0800 432 0559 to speak directly to an advisor
- The Scottish Government has an organ donation teaching resource pack available to download from the website
- NHS Choices has information about organ donation
- Human Tissue Authority
- The British Association for Tissue BankingThe British Association for Tissue Banking
- Donor Family Network
- Could I be a living kidney donor?
- Give and Let Live is an educational resource from NHS Blood and Transplant and aims to provide students aged 14 or over with the knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to donation