The Fylde coast’s organ donation specialist nurse has welcomed news the number of people donating organs after death has risen by a staggering 50 per cent since 2008.
More than 3,100 lives were transformed nationally by donors in the last 12 months, as the NHS hit the 50 per cent increase in deceased organ donation, the challenge set by the Organ Donation Taskforce in 2008.
The increase has been largely credited to a network of specialist nurses like Lee Alexander from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who approach and support bereaved relatives in hospitals.
Lee said: “It is absolutely fantastic more lifesaving transplants have been performed than ever before. This is thanks to the generosity and kindness of extremely brave families who at a time of great sadness agreed to and supported their loved ones’ wish to donate.
“I am extremely privileged to meet and care for those who make such a decision at what can be an enormously difficult time.”
In January this year, there were 81,520 people living in the FY postcode area on the UK Organ Donor Register. Latest figures show 57 people are currently on the transplant waiting list, mainly for kidneys.
Lee added: “Sadly last year, 106 families nationally overruled an individual’s intention to donate – in most cases they had not discussed donation and were simply not aware of their loved one’s wishes.
“It remains absolutely vital when signing up to the Organ Donor Register, your relatives are in no doubt as to what your wishes are at the end of life.”