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More than 200 people waiting for transplants across Surrey and Hampshire

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More than 200 people waiting for transplants across Surrey and Hampshire

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:10pm 3rd December 2019.

There are more than 200 people waiting for organ transplants across Surrey and Hampshire this Christmas. 

NHS Blood and Transplant has launched its Christmas appeal and is urging families to share their organ donation decisions with their loved ones.

It's important for your loved ones to know what you want when you die, so more patients can receive the transplants they need. 

134 people in Hampshire are facing Christmas on the waiting list for a transplant, while there are 69 people waiting in Surrey.

Everyday across the UK  someone dies waiting for a suitable organ. 

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said:

“We are urging everyone in Surrey to take a moment to think about the people who will spend their Christmas hoping for just one thing; a life saving organ transplant. Would you like to help if you could? If you needed a transplant, would you want someone to donate to you?

“Please let your family know what your organ donation decision is so that we can save more lives. Every precious organ donor allows more families to spend special times together.

“A quick chat can save lives, and we know that even at a time of grief families take enormous comfort and pride from their loved one’s donation.”

NHS Blood & Transplant

From Spring 2020, the law around organ donation in England is changing.

All adults in Surrey and Hampshire will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not do donate, known as 'opt out'. 

In the lead up to the change, NHS Blood and Transplant is urging families to talk and share their decision.