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Leicester’s Hospitals facilitate 34 life-changing organ transplants in 2018/19
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Press release date05/06/2019
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Over the last year, 20 patients at Leicester’s Hospitals sadly died in circumstances where there was the potential for them to become organ donors and either they had shared their wishes to donate their organs after their death (they were on the organ donor register) or their families consented to their loved ones becoming an organ donor after their death.
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14 of these patients went on to donate their organs and it was through their generosity that 34 lives were saved due to the amazing gift of organs for transplantation. 


This is an increase on the previous year, when there were only 13 consented donors in Leicester. 


Dr Jane Gill, consultant neonatologist and co-clinical lead for organ donation at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “On behalf of the Organ Donation Team at Leicester’s Hospitals and NHS Blood and Transplant, I would like to thank our donor patients and their families for considering giving the gift of life. To have been able to save 34 lives through transplantation is amazing.”


“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff involved in the donation process within Leicester’s Hospitals for their hard work and commitment to providing the highest quality end of life care and allowing us to honour the wishes of our patients and their families to become donors after their death.”


In the East Midlands, 305 people were able to benefit from an organ transplant in 2018/19. However, sadly 20 people died whilst on the transplant waiting list. There are still 401 people in the East Midlands on the waiting list as of 31 March 2019. 


Nationally, 403 people sadly died in 2018/19 while waiting on the transplant list, and there are still 6,083 people on the waiting list in the UK as of 31 March 2019.


Only 39% of the East Midlands and 41% of the United Kingdom population are on the organ donation register, despite 90% of people saying they would want to donate their organs in the event of their death. 


From spring 2020, all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ system.


Every day, around three people die in need of an organ, because not enough organs are available for transplant. The law is being changed to help save and improve more lives.


- For those wishing to become an organ donor, they can choose to donate some or all of their organs by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.


- For those who do not want to be an organ donor, they should register a ‘refuse to donate’ decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register. This is also known as opting out.


- For those already registered on the NHS Organ Donor Register, and their decision remains the same, they should tell their family their wishes.


- For those wishing to change their decision, and are already registered on the NHS Organ Donor Register, they should amend their registration.


For more about the organ donation law change, excluded groups and further information on making an informed decision, visit: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/uk-laws/organ-donation-law-in-england/


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Robert Knowles
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robert.knowles@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
0116 258 8761
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6827
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