Organ donation hits new record

A RECORD number of Scots received a life-changing organ transplant last year, new figures have revealed.

Almost 350 people who were waiting for a transplant were able to have the surgery they needed. A further 82 people received a new kidney from a living donor in 2016-17.

The year 2016-17 also saw the highest ever number of cases where peoples organs were donated after their death.

A total of 133 people who died in Scottish hospitals became organ donors, up from 99 the previous year, according to figures from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

This means that Scotland now has the highest organ donor rate per head of population than anywhere else in the UK, at almost 25 per million.

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said the increase in donations was "fantastic news" which shows "real progress"

The number of people who are waiting for a transplant has fallen to the lowest ever recorded, with almost 2.4 million people in Scotland now on the NHS Organ Donor Register - approximately 45 per cent of the population.

There were also a further 39 families who agreed to allow their loved one’s organs be donated, but the donation was unfortunately not able to proceed. Continue reading
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