More organ donors needed to help save lives

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THIS region has the lowest number of people on the organ donor register in the south of the country.

During National Transplant Week, people are being asked to make a lifesaving decision and register as an organ donor.

According to the strategic health authority NHS South of England, the south central area, which includes south Hampshire, has 1,358,083 people on the list.

But the other two areas that make up NHS South of England – south west (1,884,030) and south east coast (1,479,193) – have more people registered.

In south central there are 487 people on the waiting list for organs such as kidneys, hearts and lungs.

And the trust said that between 2011 and 2012, 32 people died while awaiting a transplant in the south central region.

The campaign is being run by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

Dr Mike Durkin, medical director for NHS South of England said: ‘Please register to become a donor because it could very well save a life.

‘This is a vital campaign and NHS South of England fully supports NHSBT in their bid to get more people registered.

‘We hope their efforts this week encourage more people to become donors.’

To add your name to the organ donor register, call 0300 123 2323.

Or for more information visit the website transplantweek.co.uk