NHS Tayside is supporting National Transplant Week (July 9 to 15) to help raise awareness of organ donation and help save lives.
This year’s theme is ‘Pass it On’ highlighting the importance of people passing on the message to their family and friends.
An information and advice stall in the Ninewells concourse is being hosted by NHS Tayside Organ Donation Committee members June Osborne, who is specialist nurse in Organ Donation, and Alex Stephen, who is treasurer of local organ donation charity REVIVAL and former chief executive of Dundee City Council.
There will also be an information stall in Perth Royal Infirmary during the week outside the WRVS Café, near the main reception.
June said: “The theme ‘Pass it On’ is about encouraging people like you to join the Organ Donor Register and then pass on your donation wishes to family and friends so they know what you would like to happen after your death.
“If you join the Register without telling the people closest to you, your wishes may come as a surprise at an extremely sensitive time when they are trying to deal with their loss, and this could result in them not giving permission for your organs to be donated.
“Over 90% of families will agree to donation if a loved one is registered and has discussed their wishes.
“This drops to around 40% if donation wishes aren’t known.
“Please help us to improve these figures so more donations can take place, and more lives can be saved.
“If you believe in organ donation, prove it. Anyone over 12 can join the Register by visiting www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. You can also text LIFE to 61611.”
Recent figures released by NHS Blood & Transplant showed that the number of people in Tayside signed up to the Organ Donor Register had reached a record high of 42% - the equivalent of 169,300 people out of the total Tayside population of around 402,600.
For more information on National Transplant Week visit www.transplantweek.co.uk