Welcome to the
I Donate Campaign.
Welcome to the
I Donate Campaign.
Join the NHS Organ Donationation register and share your wishes with your loved ones. Take a look around the site and find out what’s happening with the Northampton Campaign and come and support an activity.
LETS CATCH UP
It’s organ donation week and this year we have the Step Out challenge. Nurses on average take between 7667-16,390 steps per day. The step out challenge asks Northamptonshire residents to walk 10,000+ steps daily to match the Northamptonshire nurses. Simply share your...
It’s Organ Donation Week and to help raise awareness we are lighting up the lift tower Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 7:30pm. Now is the perfect time to have a conversation with your loved ones and share your donation decision. We’d love to see your view...
The new opt-out system for organ donation in England is due to go live on 20 May 2020!
Organ donation is giving an organ to someone else who needs a transplant. Organ donation is an amazingly generous act and saves thousands of lives in the UK every year. However, this relies on donors and their families agreeing to donate.
The NHS Organ Donor Register is a secure database of people who have recorded a decision to donate (or not to donate) their organs and tissue. Joining the register makes it easier for your decision to be known and respected. When you register, it’s important to tell your family and friends about your organ donation decision. If your family is approached about you donating tissue after your death, they will be told if you had recorded a decision to donate, and if you had, your family will be asked to support this decision.
There are currently 83 people in Northamptonshire waiting for a transplant
People residing in the Northamptonshire postcode area on the UK Organ Donor Register
This year 34 people living in Northamptonshire have benefited from an organ transplant
Statistics accurate as of November 2020
What is Organ Donation?
Organ donation is giving an organ to someone else who needs a transplant. This donation will greatly enhance or save the life of the person who receives the transplanted organ. Organ donation is an amazingly generous act and saves thousands of lives in the UK every year.
How do I join the register?
Why are more donors needed?
Around 5,000 people each year in the UK die in circumstances where they can become a donor. Because organs have to be transplanted very soon after death they can only be donated by someone who has died in a hospital. Usually these patients are on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Department, and are declared brain dead or die despite medical treatment, generally as a result of a brain haemorrhage, major accident, or stroke.
Everyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register regardless of age, as long as they:
are legally capable of making the decision, and live in the UK.
Specialist healthcare professionals decide in each individual case whether a person’s organs and tissue are suitable for donation.
Race or skin colour
Blood and tissue types need to match for a successful transplant and organs from people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a close match.
Existing medical conditions
Having an illness or medical condition doesn’t necessarily prevent a person from becoming an organ or tissue donor. The decision about whether some or all organs or tissue are suitable for transplant is made by a medical specialist at the time of donation, taking into account your medical, travel and social history.
Faiths & Beliefs
Does my faith or belief support organ donation?
If donation is possible at the time of your death, NHS staff can ensure that your organ donation is in line with your faith or beliefs.
All the major religions and belief systems in the UK support the principles of organ donation and transplantation and accept that organ donation is an individual choice. We’ve worked with faith leaders and communities to build trust, raise awareness and discuss the barriers to organ and/or tissue donation and how to improve consent rates.
Will you discuss my faith or beliefs with my family?
While our specialist nurses already discuss faith and beliefs with your family when they talk to them about organ donation, this new feature will provide additional reassurance to those who may have further issues to consider that are important to them. This may include questions such as whether a family or religious figure will have time to say prayers, how washing or dressing requirements in line with your faith will be met and whether a swift burial will still be possible.
Can I update my faith of beliefs?
How to discuss with friends & family
Many people don’t realise that their family’s support is needed for organ donation to go ahead.
If you’ve never talked to your family about your decision to be a donor, they will not know you want to save lives.
Why you should share your decision
It is important to tell your family and friends about your decision to donate your organs and/or tissue after death.
If you have registered to donate your organs, we will ask your next of kin to support your decision to be donor. Telling your family your organ donation decision lets them know what you want to happen and means your family don’t have to make a difficult decision when they are grieving.