Croydon Health Services NHS Trust is asking people to support Organ Donation Week (3-9 September) as new figures reveal a fall the number of registered organ donors in the borough.
Over the past decade, 20 people at Croydon University Hospital have donated their organs, enabling 57 transplants. However latest figures from NHS Blood and Transplant show that the number of people in the borough on the donor list has fallen from 103,798 in 2017 to 101,636 this year.
In addition to urging more locals to register, the Trust is highlighting the importance of telling loved-ones if you intend to donate. When such intentions aren’t communicated, families may stop donations taking place.
Dr Nnenna Osuji, Medical Director at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, said:
“Over the last ten years twenty patients in Croydon have, between them, donated 57 organs to people whose health or lives were at risk. Every one of those patients is a hero. We are very thankful.
“We want to reverse the current trend in registered donors in Croydon so that more people can be saved. Registration only takes a moment and please do ensure you let loved ones know about your intent. It can actually be a huge comfort for them to know that someone’s passing may help another person to live.
“Croydon’s population is quite fluid and we hope new donors will include people moving into the area. Amid such local diversity, it is important we remind people that all major religions support organ donation and that our Trust has a great multi-faith chaplaincy with strong ties to local faith groups.
“This is a great way for the public to support each other, their communities and the NHS.”
Anthony Clarkson, Interim Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said:
“We are very grateful to Croydon Health Services NHS Trust for its support during Organ Donation Week.
“Words save lives. Please, tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation, because it could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.
- In England about three people in need of an organ die every day.
- The UK and Croydon statistics are from NHS Blood And Transplant. NHS Blood and Transplant is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority that provides the blood donation service for England and the organ donation service for the UK. It also provides donated tissues, stem cells and cord blood.
- Croydon Health Services NHS Trust runs two hospitals in Croydon, including Croydon University Hospital, as well as providing community health services at home, in schools and in 15 health centres across the borough.