Org Don Week Blog

The 7th – 13th September 2015 is National Transplant week and here at Global Health we would like to urge you to play your part. Did you know that 16.9 million people – 1/3 of UK adults – admit that they haven’t considered organ donation or decided if they want to be an organ donor? Across the UK there are 10,000 people in need of a transplant, and last year the number of people donating organs fell for the first time in 11 years. The UK also has one of the lowest rates in Europe for families consenting to organ donation and in 2014/15, only 58% agree to donate their family members’ organs after they died.

Have you thought about organ donation? Are you an avid supporter of organ donation? If so, don’t be one of the 4.1million people who dies, wanting to donate but haven’t talked to a loved one about that decision. Make your decision vocal today!

This National Transplant Week NHS Blood and Transplant wants to get the whole nation talking about organ donation and the importance of sharing decisions on being an organ donor with family and close friends. The Seven Days to Say Yes I Donate campaign aims to help break down barriers and taboos around organ donation.

Anthony Clarkson, NHS Blood and Transplant’s Assistant Director for Organ Donation and Nursing said:

Every day three people die in need of a transplant. Yet across the UK 1 in 3 adults haven’t considered organ donation or decided whether they want to be an organ donor.¬†To save more lives we need more donors. To raise that number we really need everyone to understand the importance of not being complacent. We need to get to the point where organ donation is high on the list of important personal conversations we routinely have with loved ones.

The National Transplant Week survey found that, as a nation, we are happy to talk about many personal topics, yet we are avoiding conversations that could mean the difference between life and death for someone in need of an organ transplant:

  • 7 in 10 adults have told a loved one how they would spend a lottery win
  • Almost two thirds have discussed their preference for burial or cremation
  • Nearly half have confided the part of their body they would most like to change
  • 47% have shared destinations they dream of travelling to before they die

Even among those who want to be organ donors, there is reluctance to talk about the subject – with key reasons being discomfort around talking about death and not wanting to upset family members.

Reluctance to talk about organ donation means many healthy organs that could be donated aren’t used.¬†Telling your loved ones you want to be an organ donor means your family will be in no doubt about your decision meaning your wishes will be fulfilled should you die in circumstances where organ donation is possible.

Therefore, over the next seven days we’d like everyone to give a few minutes of their time to think about organ donation and talk about whether they want to be an organ donor with their relatives or a close friend.

If you decide to you want to register and become an organ donor today, then please visit:

The Organ Donation Registration Page Scotland