To decide whether or not you wish to give life to someone else after you have died is something very personal and it is important that everyone makes their own decision. Discuss your decision with those closest to you so they know your wishes should the time ever come.
Even if you already carry a donor card you should join the NHS Organ Donor Register to ensure your wishes are recorded. By joining the register you are giving your agreement to your organs and tissue being used for transplantation to save or enhance the lives of others after your death.
Adding your name to the register will only take a few minutes of your time but it could save someone else's life.
- More than 21,121,500 people have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register This records the details of people who have registered their wishes to donate organs and/or tissue after their death for transplantation.
- This information is used by authorised medical staff to establish whether a person wants to donate.
How we can help
We can offer support to bereaved families to help them make informed choices about organ donation.
Knowing that your relative has registered their wishes makes the choice easier and a much more positive experience for everyone should the time come.
We work closely with the Department Of Health to ensure organ and tissue donation is offered at the end of life people's lives to all people, where appropriate.
Our Trust has an organ and donation committee which meets 4 times a year. This committee is made up of Senior Nurses who specialise in organ donation, a Senior Doctor who is the Trust’s lead on organ donation, representatives from our Emergency Department, Clinicians, Critical Care, Theatres, Matrons, Chaplaincy, Mortuary and Education.
One of our initiatives has been establishing contact with schools in the area so that senior specialist nurses from our trust can give a presentation to year 12 or 13 students about this sensitive subject.
We have chosen this age group as they are a group who may be obtaining a driving a licence and moving into adulthood. We are keen that they make an informed choice. We do not in any way pressurise them to make such a decision.
We encourage questions and offer to talk to students after the presentation and have information leaflets about the subject.
We also offer them the opportunity not to be present if at any time they feel distressed by the subjects discussed.
We have established over the last 3 years very close relationships with 10 schools in the Peterborough area, but wish to expand this initiative further.
As Peterborough and surrounding areas have an increasing and diverse population and we are also keen to spread the word to other religion and faith groups.
For more information please contact: Teresa Jude – Organ Donation Administrator 01733 677997
The Donor Family Network provides support for families of people who have become organ donors - please see the Donor Family Network website