In a bid to help the 600 Scots who are desperately waiting on a life-saving transplant, people living in Hawick are being urged to have a chat about organ donation and sign-up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
A national tour will visit Morrisons, Mart Street in Hawick today (Tuesday, November 13) to highlight the importance of speaking about organ donation with family and loved ones, so they know your wishes should the worst happen.
The 33-date tour is part of the national campaign, which highlights how the seven words ‘I want to be an organ donor’ can save up to seven lives.
Staff will be on hand to answer questions on organ donation and sign-up those wishing to join the two million Scots who have already joined the Register.
To date, 43 per cent of people living in the NHS Borders Health Board region have expressed their wishes by adding their name to the Register – more than the national sign-up rate of over 40 per cent.
However with three people dying in the UK every day whilst waiting on a transplant, the campaign is calling for more people to think about organ donation and make their wishes known.
Dr Charles Oliver, Chair of the NHS Borders Organ Donation Committee, is encouraging people in the Borders to register to be an organ donor, he said: “Every person who registers could potentially save a life or make a dramatic difference to someone. It could be you or someone you know.
“Registering to be an organ donor is a very personal decision, but I would urge everyone to do it. There is a lot of information available on the NHS Blood & Transplant Organ Donation website and you can contact them with specific questions which may help you to make the decision.”
“Most of us would accept a donated organ if we needed one, so we should be prepared to be a donor as well.”
John Forsythe, Scotland’s Lead Clinician for Organ Donation and Transplantation, said: “In our society, nobody likes talking about death. It’s a taboo subject. However those who have elected to join the NHS Organ Donor Register or who have made their families aware of their organ donation wishes, make a most generous decision which allows others to live.
“Due to the generosity of the Scottish people, organ donor numbers are increasing and allowing more life-saving transplants to take place. But there is much still to do as people wait on lists for their chance to get a transplant.
“Please think about what you would want to happen to you, add your name to the Register and, as the ad says, have a wee chat to your family too.”
Join the NHS Organ Donor Register - www.organdonationscotland.org or text LIFE to 61611. It only takes a few minutes but could mean the difference between life and death for those waiting for a transplant.