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Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow calls on people to save a life for National Transplant Week

July 6, 2012 11:00 AM

Today nurses at St Helier Hospital met with local MP Paul Burstow to highlight the need for more people to sign up to the organ donor register.

This Monday (09), MP for Sutton and Cheam Paul Burstow met with nurses and the hospital's clinical director for renal services, Dr Peter Andrews, to mark National Transplant Week and to find out about the anxious wait faced by those on the transplant list.

With three people dying every day whilst waiting for organs, National Transplant Week is the annual UK-wide awareness week to encourage more people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Paul Transplant Visit ()The National Transplant Week slogan is 'pass it on', promoting the importance of passing on your donation wishes to family and friends so they know what you would like after your death.

As well as talking with Paul about the importance of being on the NHS Organ Donor Register, the St Helier Hospital team updated him about the role of living kidney donors: people who donate to their family, friends and others.

Paul also met with three patients who had recently received 'living' transplants, including a woman who received a kidney from her friend and a son who received one from his father.

Local MP Paul Burstow commented: "I'm proud to be on the organ donor register and I want to encourage others to consider becoming a donor as well. If the hard-working staff of St Helier Hospital are to keep to saving lives, then they need our help.

"It is vitally important that we 'pass it on', especially because over 90% of families will agree to donation if a loved one is registered and has discussed their wishes with them in advance. Just having a chat about what you want to happen in such a situation is all it takes to make sure that your family know your wishes. It will be one less thing for them to think about in the sad event of your death and could even help you to save a life.

Burstow Transplant Visit ()

National Transplant Week provides a great opportunity for this life-saving communication to take place."

Dr Peter Andrews added: "We were delighted to welcome Paul to the St Helier Hospital renal unit as part of National Transplant Week.

"Every day, we see how organ transplants can change the lives of our patients. However, we know there are not enough donors, so - with Paul's support - it's good to be able to raise the profile of organ donation.

"I would encourage anyone who is not already on the NHS Organ Donor Register to join. It's really simple: call 0300 123 23 23, text JOIN to 84880 or visit

www.transplantweek.co.uk." If you want to learn more or become an organ donor, visit http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk

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