Organ Donation

Approximately 140 people in Northern Ireland are waiting on life-saving transplants and approximately 6,000 people in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately every year around 14 people in Northern Ireland die waiting for an organ transplant.

These deaths are avoidable.

In The Western Health and Social Care Trust Organ Donation Specialist Nurses, Maria Coyle and Martina Conlon and Lead Clinician for Organ Donation, Dr Declan Grace have been working to increase awareness of the importance of organ donation. We want to ensure that organ and tissue donation is considered as a matter of routine practice as part of end of life care thereby ensuring that patients who may potentially donate are given the opportunity to so do.
 
Donors can donate up to nine organs and tissues. Each donated organ and tissue saves and transforms the lives of the recipient and their family. Every donor matters.
 
There is a constant drive towards promoting organ donation in the Western Trust and it has been successful. This is shown in the number of people registered as potential donors which has increased from about 25% to 43% in Northern Ireland over the past five years. While this is very encouraging, there is still a lot of work to do to ensure as many people as possible join the Organ Donor register and tell their loved ones about their wishes

Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 there were seven organ donors in the Western Trust area, resulting in 20 patients receiving a transplant.

In addition to increasing the number of donors and the number of organs and tissues retrieved annually in the Trust we want to raise staff awareness of organ and tissue donation and to encourage everyone to consider registering themselves as potential donors with the N.H.S. Organ Donor Register. Having registered it is vital that individuals inform their family of their decision as following death next of kin are always consulted about the individual’s wishes.
 
There are many ways to register as a potential donor:

  • Register online at www.organdonation.nhs.uk or www.organdonationni.info
  • Register when applying for or renewing a driving licence.
  • Register when registering with a G.P Practice.
  • Telephone the N.H.S. Donor Line 0300 123 23 23. Telephone lines are open 24 hours a day all year round.
  • Download a form from www.organdonation.nhs.uk, print it and return it by Freepost
  • Register when applying for a Boot’s Advantage Card.

Remember - Words save lives - “I want to be an organ donor”


 Further useful information may be obtained at www.organdonationni.info
 
Alternatively contact the Specialist Nurses for Organ Donation: maria.coyle@nhsbt.nhs.uk(Altnagelvin Hospital) or martina.conlon@nhsbt.nhs.uk (South West Acute Hospital).