Organ donation rises in South Yorkshire

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ORGAN donation has risen by 30 per cent in South Yorkshire, new figures show.

The number of deceased organ donations which took place across the UK last year totalled 1,212 - representing a 50 per cent increase since 2007-8.

Across Yorkshire the increase stood at 30 per cent.

Health chiefs have praised the ‘outstanding achievement’ but said more people are needed to join the NHS organ donor register.

The Star’s Gift of Life campaign aims to get 12,000 extra local residents signed up before the Westfield Health British Transplant Games come to Sheffield in August.

Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant’s director of organ donation and transplantation, said: “Although I am delighted we have made such big advances, we can and must do more.

“We need a transformation in donor and family consent to organ donation because the UK’s family refusal rate remains one of the highest in Europe.”

The increase means the NHS has hit a challenge set by the Organ Donation Taskforce back in 2008.

John Timms, transplant games event director, said it was ‘great news’.

He added: “The games exist to raise awareness of organ donation and each athlete has had at least one life-saving transplant, so we get to see the real value of donation in action.

“However, there are still so many people in desperate need of an organ.

“We need people to register as donors and most importantly share their wishes with loved ones so consent is given.”

Call 0300 123 23 23 or visit Organ Donation to register.