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Organ donation: The facts

On Transplant Week 2014, health care organisations are encouraging people to consider organ donation. They say by donating your organs, after you die, you help save and transform the lives of desperately ill people.

Fewer than 5000 people die every year in the UK in circumstances where they can become a donor and in the UK, three people die every day from a lack of donor organs.

In the North East:

  • One quarter of patients needing a transplant eventually die because of a lack of donor organs
  • More than 30 people have died due to the shortage of organs in the last year
  • There are currently more than 300 people in the North East waiting for a transplant
  • There is a need for more people from Black and Asian communities to join. On average only a third of people from these communities give permission
  • You can join the register and tell your family your wishes
  • You can also become a donor when registering for a driving licence or at a GP surgery

You can join the organ donation register by clicking here

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Yorkshire Ambulance staff to walk out on Grand Départ weekend

A number of Ambulance staff in Yorkshire are preparing to walk out for most of the Tour De France weekend.

The trust running the service, says the action by members of the UNITE Union, which represents about ten per cent of the workforce shows a total disregard for the welfare of patients.

The union claims changes to shift patterns could effect public safety:

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Dementia diagnosis left too late

Listen to Ken Payne tell his story about Alzheimers to Derek Proud.

Not enough people with dementia are being given an early diagnosis so they can be given the support they need.

That's the findings of the Alzheimer Society.

Today it launches a campaign to make sure no one waits more than 12 weeks for a diagnosis after seeing their GP.

35,000 people in the North East have dementia.

In Northumberland less than half of those with the condition get any diagnosis at all. In contrast, the rate in South Tyneside is more than 70%.

Hospital trust 'has worked hard to address concerns'

The South Tees NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to address failings in infection control, finances and leadership.

They came to light after an investigation by Monitor, the NHS health regulator.

In a statement, the Trust said it was already working hard to address concerns.

“We welcome external scrutiny of our activities and so are happy to accept any extra support that Monitor can offer.

"The trust has always had a strong focus on providing high quality, safe services – something that has been recognised locally, regionally and nationally – and while we are facing some tough challenges, not least our financial position, our commitment to providing excellent services and care for our patients will not change."

– Chief executive Prof Tricia Hart

'We need to secure quality patient services for years to come'

The health service regulator has said the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust must fix financial and infection control failings quickly to secure quality patient services.

The trust has been investigated by Monitor after failing to meet NHS waiting times last year.

“This trust has financial and infection control failings that have to be fixed and quickly.

We have taken action because the trust board has not addressed these risks fully.

We need to secure quality patient services for the people of Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire for years to come.

– Frances Shattock, Regional Director at Monitor
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