Securing organ donations for lifesaving transplants just another day for Lynne Martin

Lynne Martin is a co-ordinator with the National Organ Procurement Service. This is a typical day for her and her colleagues.
ORGAN Donation and Transplant Ireland (ODTI) has a dedicated premises on Dublin’s Temple St from which to co-ordinate its lifesaving services.

Last year, 280 organ transplants were carried out, with an average rate of 23 transplants per month, including kidney, liver, lung and heart, spread across three transplant centres — the Mater, St Vincent’s University Hospital and Beaumont.

Within the ODTI, the National Organ Procurement Service (NOPS) is managed by six donor co-ordinators, providing a 24 hour on-call service, 365 days a year, planning and arranging transplants when donor organs become available, guiding and advising the patient’s healthcare team and recipient centres, and supporting the family of the donor throughout the process.. Continue reading

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