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​Nearly 300 new recruits signed up for organ donation

13th September 2016
Mansfield, Ashfield

Nearly 300 new recruits signed up for organ donation

More than 288 new registrations have been added to the organ donation register thanks to Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Second Chance campaign.

The new recruits signed up during a three-day drive by transplant patients, doctors, nurses and hospital staff at King’s Mill Hospital.

Organisers managed to sign up 84 more people than they did during a similar event last year.

The event was supported by hospitals trust chair Louise Scull and Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero, who paid tribute to everyone who joined the register.

Gloria De Piero said: “This event demonstrates how the tragic end of someone’s life can become the new beginning for somebody who desperately needs a new organ.”

“I would urge anybody who is not already on the register to sign up as soon as they can.”

Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ clinical lead for organ donation, Dr Sandeep Dhir, said: “We had transplant patients and the relatives of donors on hand to tell their stories – it showed what a difference being an organ donor can make.”

“More than 120 patients locally have received major organ transplants – heart, lungs, liver, pancreas or kidney – since 2013 but in the same period, 13 patients have died while waiting for a transplant to become available and 36 people are currently still waiting.”

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