Transplants transform lives
[image animation=”bounceInUp” size=”half” align=”alignright” url=”http://….” target=”_blank”]/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/20141010_082658-e1418239264647.jpg[/image]Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine.
They involve the donation of organs from one person to another and enable about 2,700 people to take on a new lease of life in the UK every year.
Transplants are the best possible treatment for most people with organ failure.
Kidney transplants are the most commonly performed. Transplants of the heart, liver and lungs are also regularly carried out. As medicine advances, other vital organs including the pancreas and small bowel are also being used in transplants. Tissue such as corneas, heart valves, skin and bone can also be donated.
The increasing effectiveness of transplantation means that many more patients can be considered for treatment in this way. But there is a serious shortage of donors.
For some people this means waiting, sometime for years, and undergoing difficult and stressful treatment. For all too many it means they will die before a suitable organ becomes available.
How to register
You can join the NHS Organ Donor Register by:
Filling in a form online
Calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23
(Lines are open 24 hours a day all year round. Calls are charged at your contracted rate for local calls)
By texting SAVE to 62323
You can also join when you are:
Registering for a driving licence
Applying for a Boots Advantage card
Registering at a GP surgery
Registering for a European Health Insurance card (EHIC)
Leaflets are also displayed in GP surgeries, libraries and many hospitals and pharmacies