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Patients at Queen’s Hospital, Romford encouraged to ‘pass it on’ for National Transplant Week

PUBLISHED: 19:45 09 July 2013

Pictured left to right are Specialist Nurses for Organ Donation Julie Fitzpatrick and Maggie Stevens.

Pictured left to right are Specialist Nurses for Organ Donation Julie Fitzpatrick and Maggie Stevens.

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Organ donation nurses at Queen’s Hospital are asking patients to “pass it on” as part of national Transplant Week.

The Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust, which runs the hospital in Rom Valley Way, Romford wants patients to know how important it is to record their wishes to pass on their organs, and to tell their loved ones about it.

Julie Fitzpatrick, specialist nurse for organ donation at the trust, said: “We need to increase the numbers of people donating their organs as medical science has improved so much we are able to save many more lives.

“We also have an ageing population, particularly in Havering; so the number of people we anticipate to need a transplant is expected to rise.”

Last year 1,212 people donated their organs after their death, which helped more than 3,000 people.

The latest statistics show that while 95 per cent of families agree to donation if a loved one is registered and has discussed their wishes, this drops to only 46 per cent when donation wishes aren’t known.

Maggie Stevens, specialist nurse for organ donation, said: “We’ve had a great response from patients who didn’t realise how easy it was to sign on to the register by visiting the website.

“We’ve also been asked whether children are able to join the organ donor register – the answer is yes, parents and guardians can register their children and children can register themselves. However, children who are under 12 in Scotland and under 18 in the rest of the UK at the time of registration will require their parent or guardian’s agreement for donation to take place.”

For more information visit www.transplantweek.co.uk/register or call 0300 123 23 23.

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