Have a heart - join organ donor register

Have a Heart Nurse Spec Angela Waterhouse and lead clinician Jan Szafranski
Have a Heart Nurse Spec Angela Waterhouse and lead clinician Jan Szafranski

A hospital is urging people to have a heart on Valentine’s Day by signing up to the National Organ Donor Register.

The lead consultant for organ donation at Kettering General Hospital, Jan Szafranski, says signing up means that, in the unlikely event of your sudden death, perhaps in a road accident, you would agree to donate all, or some, of your organs to another person who is in desperate need of transplant.

Research shows 90 per cent of people would accept an organ if they needed it but only 27 per cent of people sign up to the National Organ Donor Register.

If everyone signed up the prospects for the 10,000 people nationally who currently need transplants – about 150 of whom are in Northamptonshire - would be much better.

Jan Szafranski said: “Signing the NHS Organ Donor Register is a very important personal statement you can make about what you would like to happen to your organs in the unlikely event of your premature death through an accident or fatal illness.

“On Valentine’s Day people will be demonstrating their love for their partners and showing them they have their heart ‘in the right place’.

“We are asking them to go one step further by showing how much they care about people in general. No one likes to think they will have a fatal accident but if you did would you be prepared to save or transform the lives of up to nine other people.

“As well as signing up to the register it is also very important to discuss your decision with your close family so that they are aware of your wishes.”

It is easy to sign up by simply phoning on 0300 123 23 23 or filling in a form online at www.organdonation.nhs.uk.