Organ donation - new campaign

People in the Western Isles are being urged to consider joining the NHS Organ Donor Register as a bold new campaign gets underway to increase registrations in Scotland.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 2:44 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 3:46 pm

The ‘We Need Everybody’ campaign shows people of all ages, shapes, sizes and ethnicities baring almost all to highlight that anyone can be an organ donor.

The call for more people to join the Register has been issued as latest figures reveal that every day in the UK, someone dies waiting on an organ transplant.

Latest figures highlight there are 540 people in Scotland waiting on a life-saving transplant2. People in need of a transplant can spend years on the waiting list, enduring debilitating breathlessness, lethargy, and long periods of dialysis and hospitalisation.

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Increasing registrations is vital, as less than one per cent of deaths in Scotland happen in circumstances where the person is actually able to donate their organs.

Currently, 33 per cent of people living in the NHS Western Isles area3 are on the NHS Organ Donor Register – however the more people that join, the more lives that can be saved.