Posted on Wednesday 14th December 2011
Colin Rodgers, Consultant Anaesthetist and Clinical Lead for Organ Donation
Thanks to strong support and dedication from staff in ITU and A&E at both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has seen an increase in organ donations this year. There have been eight carried out in 2011, compared to six in 2010 and four in 2009.
Two years ago, the Trust set out to meet the government’s target of a 50% increase in organ donations over five years and a 100% referral rate for potential donors.
Prior to 2006, the Trust had one or two donations a year and now the number has quadrupled thanks to the enthusiasm of staff at both hospitals and the incredible generosity of donors and their families who have given the ‘gift of life’ . The Trust has also achieved the 100% referral rate target.
There are currently 60 people in Cumbria waiting for an organ transplant. Last year, 27 people received an organ transplant in the region and 21 people received a corneal or scleral transplant. 156,400 people in Cumbria have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register which represents around 22% of the region’s population.
Consultant Anaesthetist, Colin Rodgers, is the Clinical Lead for Organ Donation. Colin said: “Organ donation is often treated as a taboo subject but it shouldn’t be. It is a good idea to speak to your family about your wishes regarding organ donation so they would be clear about what to do if anything should happen to you.
“Three people in the UK die every day while waiting for a transplant so it is a situation that has to be improved upon. The staff in the wards at both Carlisle and Whitehaven are really positive and are trying to make things happen with support from Trisha Rose who is the Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation.”
For more information, go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk
To register for organ donation, phone 0300 123 23 23