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Local people sign up to Organ Donor Register following RD&E campaign

There has been a significant increase in the number of people from the Exeter area who have signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register during the time city newspaper has run a campaign with the RD&E.

 

The NHS Blood & Transplant Service figures show that 6,122 people living in the Exeter area signed up as an organ donor during the March-September 2011 campaign period – a significant increase on the 4.900 registrations for the same period in 2010.

 

RD&E Dental Nurse Naomi JonesThe campaign was spearheaded by RD&E cystic fibrosis patient Kirstie Mills who is now recovering from having had a life saving lung transplant.

 

RD&E Organ Donation Committee Chairman Mr Brian Aird said: “Our partnership with the Express and Echo has enabled us to inform and encourage the community to sign up as a donor. At the RD&E we also raised awareness among our staff with the organ donor register being attached to payslips. We hope that other major employers in the city would consider doing a similar initiative so that the momentum is kept up.

 

RD&E Dental Nurse Naomi Jones (pictured) signed up to the national organ donation register after reading about the campaign on the Trust staff internet.

 

Naomi, who works in the maxillofacial outpatients department at Wonford hospital, said: “Although I have been a regular blood donor for several years and always want to help other people, registering as an organ donor was a natural step to take as I strongly believe that in the event of anything happening to me I can play my part, no matter how big or small, in potentially saving another person’s life and they get a good quality of life. I had no hesitation or reservations to making my decision and registering. It is important to pass the message on to as many people as possible and the awareness continues to grow about the organ donation and transplant programme.” 

 

For more information or to sign up to join the NHS Organ Donor Register call 0300 123 2323 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.

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