Over the past 4 weeks we have been posting ‘Works of Heart’ from the HeartatHome.org project. We want to thank everyone for doing their bit during lockdown and in particular, having regard for and protecting the most vulnerable, who are still shielding.
There are even more Works of Heart which we haven’t shared and the collection is growing – you can even add your own too. Please take a look at HeartatHome.org share your favourites on social media and/or post them on your front door at home, or in your window.
The initiative also highlights and supports the law change around organ donation in England that came into force on 20 May this year, and which means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die, unless they have recorded a decision not to donate, or are in one of the excluded groups. You still have a choice, so please register & record your express decision here: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-your-decision/
Importantly, take time to discuss your decision – whatever that may be – with your loved ones.
Very few people die in circumstances where organ donation is possible and many people don’t realise that their family’s support is needed for organ donation to go ahead.
Fewer than half of families agree to donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one’s decision to be a donor. This rises to over nine out of 10 when the decision to be an organ donor is known.
Don’t leave it too late to talk about organ donation.
While transplants are still continuing to happen, the number of transplants taking place is significantly diminished. Organ donation will not go ahead, if a potential donor is known to have, or is suspected of having, Covid-19.
The decision to donate your organs is yours. Talk to your loved ones to make sure they know how you feel.
Thank you 🙏
Together, saving lives