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Eighteen patients died ‘unnecessarily’ waiting for organ transplants in Havering

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:17 05 September 2017

A busy hospital ward. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

A busy hospital ward. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

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New figures reveal that 18 people in Havering have died waiting for a transplant in the last ten years.

NHS Blood and Transplant revealed the data to mark Organ Donation Week, which runs until Sunday, to encourage families to talk about the decision to donate.

A health chief said that the reluctance to talk about the issue is contributing to a deadly shortage of organs.

Currently, 22 Havering residents are waiting for a transplant now.

Patients in need will only receive that life changing call if people make sure their families know they want to be a donor.

Anthony Clarkson, Assistant Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s a tragedy that people are dying unnecessarily every year in Havering waiting for transplants.

“We know that if everyone who supported donation talked about it and agreed to donate, most of those lives would be saved.

“This Organ Donation Week, tell your family you want to save lives.

“A few words now can make an extraordinary difference. It will also make things much easier for your family to make the right decision.

NHS Blood and Transplant surveys show more than 80 percent of people support organ donation but only around 49pc of people have ever talked about it.

You can sign the organ donor register online at www.organdonation.nhs.uk or by phoning 0300 123 23 23.

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