Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette | Daniel Prince
Just 30 per cent of the population is signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR), according to the NHS, and three people die each day while waiting for organs in the country.
As part of National Transplant Week – which ends on Sunday – Dr Sanjay Deshpande, clinical lead for organ donation with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, has called for people to sign up.
He said: “We are delighted to be supporting National Transplant Week 2012, and we hope the week encourages more people to become donors and ‘pass it on’ to loved ones.
“If you join the ODR, tell the people closest to you.
“Otherwise, your wishes may come as a surprise at a time when they are trying to deal with their loss.
“This could affect their decision to proceed with a lifesaving donation.”
Anyone can register for the ODR, regardless of age and most medical conditions.