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Monday, May 16, 2016

'There are simply not enough organs available' says nurse as number of donors drops

ST. HELENS STAR | Simon Mulligan

SPECIALIST nurse says there "are simply not enough" organs being donated after figures revealed people in the town have died during the last two years while on the waiting list for transplants.

According to a Freedom of Information request made to the NHS Blood and Transplant special health authority, 29 patients in the borough are currently in need of new organs.

Of these 19 are on the active waiting list, while a further 10 have been temporarily removed for reasons such as being too ill to undergo the operation or going away on holiday.

Out of those actively waiting, five have been doing so for more than two years.

And for the two successive years, people in St Helens have died while still on the list. There were no deaths in 2012/13 or 2013/14.

In response to the statistics, Andrew Mawson, specialist nurse for organ donation with NHS Blood and Transplant at Whiston Hospital, said: "We know families are much more likely to support a relative’s decision to donate at a time of grief if they know that is what their relative wanted. Continue reading

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