ORGANS: Vital to have conversation

Readers may have seen in the news that the organ donation procedure in England is changing.

Monday, 15th April 2019, 11:30 am
Updated Thursday, 11th April 2019, 09:29 am

The introduction of Max and Keira’s Law will provide hope for people currently waiting for a heart, kidney or other organ transplant.

However, evidence tells us more work will need to be done.

Now the Government must invest in resources to help the law change become a success.

Families will still play a role in deciding what happens to their loved ones’ organs so encouraging people to make their wishes known is essential.

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More specialist nurses are also needed as the presence of specialist organ donation nurses dramatically improves consent rates in the UK.

If a specialist donation nurse is present to discuss organ donation, families are around three times more likely to consent to their loved ones’ organs being donated.

It is fantastic that this law has been passed, but now we must have a national conversation about organ donation.

That is why we’re asking readers to talk about how they feel about organ donation with their friends and family.

Knowing your loved ones’ organ donation wishes should be as commonplace as knowing their birthday.

Simon Gillespie,

Chief Executive, The British Heart Foundation