Learn more about organ donation with free health talk at GWH

Posted: January 29, 2015

Local people are invited to attend the latest free health talk at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, Organ Donation: Changing Lives Every Day.

The free talk will lift the lid on organ donation, looking specifically at the fact that too many families are still saying no to donating a loved one's organs as they are unaware of their partner, relative or friend's end-of-life wishes. 

Hosted by Malcolm Watters, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation, the talk will also be a rare opportunity for local people to ask any questions they have and receive expert advice.

Everybody is welcome and booking is not required, just come along to Lecture Hall 1 in The Academy on the lower ground floor of the hospital on Wednesday 4 February 2015. Light refreshments will be provided from 6pm and the talk starts at 6.30pm.

Did you know?

  • The average person is more likely to need a transplant than actually become a donor
  • A person can donate a heart, lungs, two kidneys, pancreas, liver, small bowel and even their corneas, which can restore another person's eyesight
  • Around 40 per cent of families will refuse their loved one's organs from being donated. 

Malcolm Watters, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation, said: "Transplantation is a miracle of modern medicine as it can save and transform lives. Most of us would accept a transplant if we needed one but we seem less willing to talk about donating our organs if we die. 

"We will only be able to improve on the 40 per cent family refusal rate when more people voice their wishes around organ donation to those closest to them.

"I hope this talk will inspire the audience to do this and potentially change somebody's life." 

Simon Denning, Governance and Membership Officer, said: "Our Trust is full of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who are experts on specific health conditions.

"The aim of our health talks is to share this wealth of knowledge so local people can learn more about various conditions and how to manage them." 

Anyone who lives in the area, works for the Trust, or has been a patient or service user, can register as a member of the Trust for free.

The Trust already has 12,000 members who can have their say on patient services, influence decisions and receive regular updates on the latest developments.

For information about becoming a member of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust visit the website www.gwh.nhs.uk/members/

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