This is Wiltshire | Katie Bond
Figures from the NHS Blood and Transplant service have revealed that less than two per cent of South Asian and black communities are on the organ donor register.
Despite these low figures, it is these communities that are three times more likely to need an organ transplant than the UK average.
Black and minority ethnic patients also face twice as long a wait for a kidney transplant as other groups, because of organ shortage.
Last week, the organ donation committee at GWH met to discuss the matter.
Consultant anaesthetist Malcolm Watters, clinical lead for organ donation at GWH, said: “We had representatives from most faiths, including Hindu, Sikhs, Muslim and Christian, although we didn’t have any representatives from the African Caribbean community.