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Publicity campaign begins for organ donation changes in Wales

The next phase of the public information campaign about the new system of organ donation in Wales starts this week.

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Television, radio and digital adverts will be broadcast and all homes in Wales will receive an information pack to encourage people to start thinking about their organ donation choices.

The most recent survey of public attitudes towards the changes shows that the proportion of adults aware of them has increased from 57% in June 2014 to 63% in March 2015.

We hope this new law will help save lives by transforming attitudes towards consent to organ donation here in Wales.

It's great to see awareness of the organ donation law change is increasing. As we move into the next phase of the public awareness campaign, we hope people will continue talking to their loved ones about their organ donation choices.

– Mark Drakeford, Health and Social Services Minister

The new Wales-only soft opt-out system of organ donation comes into being on 1 December 2015.

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Organ donation changes: what will it mean?

The law was passed in September 2013 Credit: PA

A new law in Wales which will be introduced on the 1st of December 2015 will see changes made to organ donation.

A recent survey shows 48% of the public are still unaware of the changes.

Here's a list of what the new laws will mean.

  • From December 1, people aged 18 and over who have lived in Wales for more than 12 months and who die in Wales will be regarded as having consented to organ donation unless they have opted opt.
  • The move is designed to increase the number of potential organ donors and will ultimately increase the number of organs available for transplant.
  • Under the new system, a person will become a potential donor either by registering their decision to opt in - as they do currently - or by doing nothing at all, in which case their consent may be deemed
  • By doing nothing it will be as if someone has no objection to becoming an organ donor and an individual will be treated in the same way as if they had chosen to be a donor. If an individual doesn't want to be a donor they can register their decision to opt out
  • The Welsh system will be a soft opt-out system, meaning a person's family and friends will have a significant role to play in the ultimate decision to donate an organ. If they knew their loved one did not wish to be an organ donor, even if they had not opted out, they will be able to tell clinicians at the hospital and donation will not take place.

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Organ donation legislation advert airs

The law changes in Wales from December 1 2015. Credit: Welsh Government

The first in a series of public information adverts about new organ donation legislation in Wales will run today.

The ads will be aired during episodes of Coronation Street and Pobol y Cwm and will continue in the run up to national transplant week (7-13 July).

The ads kick-start the next phase of the Welsh Government's It's Time to Talk campaign. 36 people died in Wales last year while waiting for a suitable donor organ to become available.

The move to deemed consent in Wales is designed to increase the number of potential organ donors and ultimately increase the number of organs available for transplant.

Under the new system, a person will become a donor either by registering a decision to opt in - as they do currently - or by doing nothing at all, in which case their consent may be deemed.

By doing nothing it will be as if there is no objection to being a donor and an individual will be treated in the same way as if they had chosen to be a donor.

If an individual doesn't want to be a donor they can register a decision to opt out.

Six-year-old Hannah dreams of eating chocolate and bananas once she gets a kidney transplant

The family of a little girl who needs a kidney transplant say all relatives have been ruled out as suitable donors.

Hannah Phillips, 6, was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome aged two, which led to both her kidneys being removed.

She travels from her home in Conwy to Liverpool to undergo dialysis four times a week.

Hannah told ITV News reporter Rob Shelley that she hopes to be able to eat food like chocolate and bananas once she's had a transplant.

"I'm just so looking forward to it!" she says.

The Conwy six-year-old appealing for a kidney donor

Tonight we'll bring you the story of six-year-old Hannah Phillips.

Hannah Phillips, 6, was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome aged two

Hannah had to have both of her kidneys removed aged just two.

She travels hundreds of miles each week for dialysis - and she and her family are appealing for anyone who might be a kidney match to help.

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