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Hospital lifts awareness of organ donation 

Hospital lifts awareness of organ donation
Bobbee Cotter, Specialist Nurse (organ donation) and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Divisional General Manager (Surgery)

Organ donation has been getting the ultimate elevator pitch with promotional messages appearing on lift doors at Northwick Park Hospital.

One organ donor can potentially save up to nine lives and people on the donor register have helped save 25 lives in Harrow in the past year with another 45 currently on the waiting list.

More than 6,000 people are waiting for a transplant in the UK with demand far outstripping supply. 500 people died while waiting for a transplant last year.

You can choose which organs you want to donate, and whether you want to include your eyes and tissues, by ticking the specific box on:

Tell your friends and family that you want to be an organs and tissue donor – it is very important that they understand and support your decision because your family’s support is needed for donation to go ahead. Dealing with the death of a loved one is a difficult time to make an important decision quickly.

Sign up to the Organ Donor Register online. The NHS Organ Donor Register is a secure database that records people’s decision around whether or not they want to be an organ and tissue donor when they die.For more information, ring 0300 123 23 23.