A shortage of organ donations has resulted in the deaths of 44 Northamptonshire residents in the past five years, the NHS has said.
There are 146 people in Northamptonshire waiting for a transplant this Christmas and NHS Blood and Transplant is highlighting the figures as it asks people to talk to their families over the festive period about their decision to be an organ donor.
NHS Blood and Transplant has also released the results of a survey showing that only one in 20 people in England and Wales spending time with family at Christmas will be discussing organ donation.
Anthony Clarkson, acting director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss organ donation when you’re with your family this Christmas. We know that Christmas is a time for enjoying ourselves and talking about the nice things in life like future holidays. But for people in need of an organ, Christmas is a very difficult time so we are urging everybody to talk about organ donation.
“Twenty-two people in Northamptonshire have received a life-saving organ transplant from a deceased donor this year. To help save more people we need everyone, including the 237,044 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Northamptonshire, to talk to their loved ones about their donation decision.”
Telling your loved ones about your organ donation decision is vital. In a separate piece of research carried out in England, only 31 per cent of families said they would agree to donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one’s decision to donate.
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.