FOURTEEN Isle of Wight residents are currently waiting for an organ donation.

NHS Blood and Transplant have urged people to talk to their families about organ donation to increase the number of people whose lives can be saved, or transformed, by an organ transplant.

The appeal has been made during Organ Donation Week, from September 2 to 8.

Last year, nine Islanders had their lives saved by an organ transplant, but 14 Islanders are currently on the waiting list.

From spring next year, all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to donate their organs when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate, or are in one of the excluded groups.

Even after the law has changed, however, families will still be approached before donation goes ahead.

A recent survey of adults in England for NHS Blood and Transplant found that while 84 per cent agreed it was important to let those closest to you know your view on organ donation, only 40 per cent had shared their organ donation decision with their family or partner.

Anthony Clarkson, director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: ‘We need more people on the Isle of Wight to talk about organ donation to increase the number of lifesaving transplants.

“Even after the law around organ donation changes next year, families will still be approached before organ donation goes ahead, so it remains so important to talk to your family about your views.

“Register your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family the choice you have made.

“If the time comes, we know families find the donation conversation with nurses or medical teams much easier if they already know what their relative wanted.”

For more information, and to record your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk

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