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Manchester Royal Infirmary helps give the organ donation message a much needed lift

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is working with NHS Blood and Transplant to promote organ donation to all its staff, patients and visitors.  The doors to one of the main lifts in Manchester Royal Infirmary have been covered with promotional messages urging people to sign up to be an organ donor.

There are currently 137 people in Manchester waiting for a transplant, of whom 106 are waiting for a kidney transplant.  They need people to say yes to organ donation so they can get the lifesaving organ transplant they so desperately need.

Manchester Royal Infirmary is promoting organ donation in the hope that it will make people think about it while waiting for the lift and then go on to register. This would hopefully, in turn, open the door to more people getting the transplants they need.

In the last five years 97 people in Manchester became lifesavers by donating their organs.  During the same period, 300 people have had their lives saved or transformed thanks to deceased organ donors from across the UK.  Sadly, 70 people have died while waiting to receive a lifesaving transplant.

8 in 10 people agree it's important to tell those closest to us our views about organ donation after death, but only a third say their family knows their wishes about organ donation.*

Sarah Royall, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation at Manchester Royal Infirmary, said:  "Organ donation saves lives and one organ donor can save or transform up to nine lives and even more by donating tissue as well. I know that more families agree to donation if they know their loved one was on the Organ Donor Register. Save your family from having to guess what you would have wanted. Join the NHS Organ Donor Register and let your family know your decision. One day it could be someone you love in need of a transplant."

Sign up today at www.organdonation.nhs.uk and let your friends and family know you want to help others after your death.  In the last year over 324,700 people joined the NHS Organ Donor Register in Manchester.  Join them to save and improve lives.

* Data from survey of 1,001 adults in England carried out online in September 2016 by Kantar Public. 84% stated that it is 'very important' or 'quite important' to tell people your wishes about donating your organs. 36% stated that some or all of their family and friends are aware of their wishes about organ donation.