One thousand people a year die in the UK because of a shortage of organs for transplant. Despite the thousands of life-saving transplant operations which take place every year, around 7,300 people are on the transplant waiting list.
There are 66 people in Cumbria currently waiting for a transplant, and 24 people in the county have died due to the shortage of organs over the last four years.
In the same time period 120 people in Cumbria benefitted from life-saving transplants and there are 152,978 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Cumbria.
Dumfries and Galloway:
There are 31 people in Dumfries and Galloway waiting for a transplant and several people in the county have died due to the shortage of organs over the last four years.
Over the past four years, 42 people in Dumfries and Galloway have benefitted from life-saving transplants and there are currently 53,043 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Dumfries and Galloway.
There are 13 people in the Scottish Borders waiting for a transplant and six people from the county have died due to the shortage of organs over the last four years.
Over the past four years 43 people in the Scottish borders have benefitted from life-saving transplants and there are 49,482 people residing in the County of Scottish Borders postcode area on the UK Organ Donor Register.
This week is National Transplant Week. There are 288 people in the North East waiting for a transplant and 130 people in the region have died over the past four years due to the shortage of organs, according to figures from the NHS Blood and Transplant Service.
A specialist organ donation nurse working at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has helped double the amount of patients and families consenting to give the precious gift of life through organ donation.
As part of National Transplant Week 2013, Tracey Carrott is sharing the ‘Pass It On’ message to encourage people to pass on their donation wishes to their loved ones, stressing the importance of having a conversation.
Although there are over 700,000 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in the North East, less than half of families agree to donation when their loved ones donation wishes aren’t known. So far this year, only 32 people living in the North East have benefited from a life-saving transplant.
“To donate an organ or tissue is a truly remarkable gift and helps the NHS to save hundreds of lives every single year. Being able to work in this dedicated role and having the time to spend with families has undoubtedly helped increase our donation numbers at Northumbria Healthcare."