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You don’t need a cape to be a superhero. All you need to do is become a blood or organ donor.

 

If you are interested in giving blood or becoming an organ donor then please find all the relevant information in the tabs above.

 

Blood Donor

 

It may be a cliché but giving blood really is amazing and does save lives.

 

Giving a unit of blood has the potential to save or improve the lives of up to three patients.

 

Blood donations are an essential part of our healthcare system and without volunteers giving blood many of the medical procedures that we take for granted could not take place. Doctors and surgeons rely on blood donations to carry out a wide variety of life-saving and life-enhancing treatments.

 

At the moment a mere 4% of the population are blood donors which is scandalous considering donating blood is a relatively quick procedure and virtually painless.

 

The need for blood donations is extremely high with around 8,000 blood transfusions carried out every day.

 

Blood can only be stored safely for a short period of time. Hospital blood stocks need to be continuously refreshed, so it is essential that more people donate blood so that it is available whenever and wherever it is needed.

 

It is also important that we have a wide range of donors from different ethnicity groups as certain ethnic groups often require certain blood types.

 

So what are you waiting for? Give blood!

 

The website of the National Blood Service provides more information about how you can volunteer to give blood. You can also book an appointment to donate blood near to where you live or work.

 

Organ Donor

 

It may seem morbid to think of death, but when you die you can give someone, or even a few people, a greater gift than you could when alive. This, of course, is organs.

 

Through organ donation you can save a life or significantly improve the health and quality of life of another.

 

Organ donation is where a person allows their organs to be transplanted to another person who is in need.

 

And the need is high. In 2009 alone 3,700 transplants were carried out in the UK. There are always significantly more people waiting to have an organ transplant than there are suitable donors.

 

A single donor is able to save not just one, but several lives, as they are able to donate a number of organs including:

 

  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Small Bowel
  • Pancreas

 

Not only organs can be donated but tissues can too, some of which are:

 

  • Bone
  • Skin
  • Heart valves
  • Tendons
  • Cartilage

 

You have the choice of which organs you wish, or do not wish, to donate.

 

The only thing we ask is that you discuss this with your immediate family before registering to become an organ donor. This is important as your relatives cannot overrule your decision to donate your organs and this can cause unneeded stress should they not be aware of your wishes.

 

Like blood it is important that we have a wide range of organ donors as people from the same ethnic group are more likely to be a close match. People with rare tissue types may only be able to accept an organ from someone of the same ethnic origin, which means it is vital we have a varied range of donors.

 

Becoming a donor couldn’t be any easier. You need to be added to the NHS Organ Donor Register, which is a huge national and confidential database, and to do this you can either complete an online form or call the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23.

 

Last Updated: Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:36

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