We need everybody!
In Scotland, nine out of 10 people support organ donation, but only 43 per cent of the population are on the Organ Donor Register.
With one person dying every day in the UK waiting for an organ transplant, raising awareness of the importance of joining the organ donor register is vital.
There are many reasons why people feel they can’t be an organ donor.
People think they are too old, too young, too unhealthy, or they think no one would want their organs, that there is already enough people on the register, or that they simply haven’t got round to it yet.
Now in a new campaign, we hope to “de-bunk” some of these myths to try and get – literally – everyone on the register.
The TV ad features a host of – nearly – naked characters of all ages, shapes and sizes, all there to show that we need all types to be on the register.
The advert has been given added emotional resonance through the inclusion of Gordon Hutchinson. Gordon received a life saving heart transplant at the age of 13, and he simply wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for people joining the register.
The campaign so far has been a great success with over 31,000 additional names added to the register since we launched in July.
And we’ve got plenty more activity running up to Christmas to ensure that the “We Need Everybody” message keeps on rolling!
Everyone can join the register
Are you hesitating to join the organ donation register? Don’t rule yourself out. Gordon’s life was saved because somebody else didn’t.
I’m too old
There is no defined cut-off age for organ donation. Organs have been successfully transplanted from donors in their 70s and 80s. The decision to use organs is based on strict medical criteria, not age. So don’t rule yourself out. Join today.
Nobody would want my organs
You might think that, but you’d be surprised. Very few medical conditions prevent donation from going ahead. Even if certain organs aren’t suitable for transplantation, other organs and tissues may be. Join and let the medical professionals decide.
I’m too young to consider it
It’s a fact of life that not many people want to think about death. Particularly when you’re young. But if you support organ donation, don’t put off joining the Register as its important your family and know your donation decision, regardless of age. Joining just takes two minutes - be sure to let your loved ones know your wishes.
I’m not allowed to donate blood, so I can’t be an organ donor
Not so. The criteria for donating blood is totally different to the criteria for organ donation. Everybody can join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
All major religions in the UK support the principles of organ donation and transplantation, accepting that organ donation is the choice of the individual. It’s important that people from all ethnicities join the NHS Organ Donor Register as there is a much better success rate when transplants are carried out within the same ethnic group.
There’s parts of me I wouldn’t want to donate
And that’s your choice. But joining doesn’t mean that you’re agreeing to donate all of your organs and tissue. You can state when you join which organs you specifically wish to donate.
I’m not sure if I’ve already joined
If you think it’s something you’ve already done, but aren’t sure, it’s easy to find out. Just call Freephone 0300 123 23 23 and someone will be able to tell you. It’s worth finding out so you can make sure your wishes are honoured.
Those close to me already know my wishes, so there’s no point in joining
Telling loved ones you want to be an organ donor is really important as they’re more likely to honour you donation decision in the event of your death. However, joining the Register makes it easier for the medical team to establish your decision, and makes that decision clear to your relatives.