23rd June 2011
NHS Organ Donor Register Hits Record 18 Million
The number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register has reached a record 18 million, according to figures released today by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).
This means that in the UK as a whole, approaching 30% of people have registered their willingness to help others live in the event of their death.
All areas of the UK continue to show an increase in people signing up. Scotland leads the way, with more than 37% of the population now registered. The South-West of England isn't far behind with 35% of people signing up.*
Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHSBT, explained: "At a staggering 18 million, there are now more people on the Organ Donor Register than ever, and this is a fantastic achievement.
"However, if we are to see that everyone in need of a transplant receives one, we need even more people to sign up. We would especially encourage more people from Black and Asian communities to join the register because patients from these communities wait on average three times longer for an organ.
"Getting people to sign up to the register is only half the battle. In order to see that their wishes are carried out in the event of their deaths, it is essential that those who want to become donors discuss donation with family and friends."
During 2010, more than 1,000 people donated organs after death, allowing over 2,700 organ transplants to take place. However, with more than 10,000 people in need of a transplant and three people dying every day while waiting for an organ, NHSBT is urging more people to join the Organ Donor Register and make their family and friends aware of their wishes.
To add your name to the NHS Organ Donor Register, please ring 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk. And remember to tell your family and friends.
* As at 20th June 2011
Statistics relating to the number and percentage of people on the Organ Donor Register (ODR) by region across the UK are below. A colour map of the UK showing ODR membership by region is also available.
For further information, or to request a copy of the UK map, contact the NHSBT Press office on 0117 969 2444, firstname.lastname@example.org or out of hours pager 07659 133583.
Notes to editor
- NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a Special Health Authority in the NHS. It is the organ donation organisation for the UK, with responsibility for matching and allocating donated organs. Its remit also includes the provision of a safe, sufficient supply of blood and associated services to the NHS in England and North Wales.
- National Transplant Week takes place between 4th-10th July with a theme of "What are you waiting for?" - for more information see http://www.transplantweek.co.uk/
- The NHS Organ Donor Register records the details of people who have registered their wishes to donate organs and/or tissue after their death for transplantation. This information is used by authorised medical staff to establish whether a person wanted to donate.
- It's simple to join the ODR by:
going to www.organdonation.nhs.uk or ringing 0300 123 23 23
|Strategic Health Authority||No. on ODR (millions||% of pop on ODR|
|East of England||1.742||30|
|South East Coast||1.426||33|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||1.426||27|
|Isle of Man||0.010||12|
|** Includes 0.082 million where Strategic Health Authority was indeterminable from the recorded postcode. Population figures obtained from mid-2009 ONS data|