The UK’s largest hospital - the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow - will be glowing green throughout this week in support of NHS Organ Donor Week.
The awareness week is looking to build on the 50.5% of Scotland’s population signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register – the highest percentage of UK countries.
In a bid to further increase the number of people in the West of Scotland already signed up to the register the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital will be hosting a stand which will run in the hospital - the West of Scotland’s kidney transplant centre - until Thursday 06 September.
The stand is being supported by volunteers from across NHSGGC who are very kindly giving up their free time to help us promote organ donation and raise awareness?
The aim is to encourage more meaningful conversations between staff, patients and visitors on what organ donation really means.
Across Greater Glasgow and Clyde there are 194 people in need of a kidney transplant with 48% of the population signed up to the register.
Megan Reid, Specialist Nurse said: ““Being able to donate organs and tissue to help people who desperately need transplants is one of the greatest accomplishments of modern medicine.
“Organ Donation Week helps us to spread the message even further about just what is possible when a person joins the NHS Organ Donation Register. It’s easy to join; it takes less than two minutes to sign up and has the potential to transform the lives of up to seven people and help restore the sight of two people.
“It’s also very important to reassure people that if they are admitted to hospital in a critical condition, the absolute first priority of doctors is always to save their patient's life. It is only if a patient has died or is not expected to survive that donation is considered.”
Within Scotland there are 703 people in need of a kidney transplant. Since April, there have been 51 kidney transplants from deceased donors and 26 kidney transplants from live donors.
In June 2015, kidney transplant surgeons carried out a record six kidney transplants in 24 hours - just three days after moving into the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (SGUH).
Before the move to the £842 Million hospital, surgeons on average carried out three kidney transplants a week. In just 24 hours, the team carried out the equivalent of two weeks’ worth of transplants.
Signing up to be an organ donor takes just two minutes at: https://www.organdonationscotland.org/yes
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]