Organ donor plea as numbers fall

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation
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New NHS figures reveal 84 Lancashire residents have died waiting for a transplant in the past five years and 296 people in the county are currently waiting for a transplant.

Across the UK in 2014/15, the number of people donating organs fell for the first time in 11 years.

NHS Blood and Transplant is highlighting the figures in its Transplant Activity Report, which details organ donation and transplantation across the UK. On average, three people in the UK die each day in need of an organ transplant.

However, in Lancashire, 33 people benefitted from a living donor transplant, where donors gave a kidney or part of their liver.

Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant’s director of organ donation and transplantation, said: “We are truly grateful to the deceased donors who enabled 72 people in Lancashire to receive an organ transplant last year.

“Sadly, 84 people from Lancashire have died while waiting on the transplant waiting list in the past five years. We cannot hope to save more lives unless there is a revolution in attitudes.”

Join the NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 2323.