“I don’t think too many people realise the law around organ donation is changing – but it’s still vital to share your wishes with your family.”
Walsall Healthcare’s Executive lead for organ donation is Jenna Davies and she is backing this year’s Organ Donation message of “Pass it on.”
“In spring 2020 we’ll be moving to an “opt out” system in England which means it will be assumed that – unless you say otherwise – you are happy to donate your organs in the event of your death,” Jenna explained.
“But even after the law has changed families will still be approached before organ donation goes ahead which is why it’s so important to have open and honest conversations with your loved ones.”
A recent survey of adults in England for NHS Blood and Transplant found that while 84% agreed it was important to let those closest to you know your views on organ donation, only 40% had shared their organ donation decision with their family or partner.
Jenna added: “My nanna had a kidney transplant so it’s something my family has talked about as we appreciate the selfless gesture that someone else made to help others.
“I don’t think too many people realise the law around donation is changing so we must raise awareness and what better place to start than close to home.”
Find out more and register your decision by visiting NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and share your decision with your family.