Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 08:02 GMT on Monday, 6th August 2012.
 
Give the gift of life


LANARKSHIRE healthcare patients will now find it easier to give the gift of life, with the addition of organ donor registration boxes at the main outpatient departments of Wishaw General Hospital, Monklands and Hairmyres Hospitals.

The boxes now will allow patients to sign up to the Organ Donor Register while they are waiting for their appointment.

Morag Vickers, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation, said: “While 96% or people believe that organ donation is the right thing to do, only 33% in Lanarkshire have actually joined the organ donor register.

“The majority of these people intend to join up but forget or do not have the time to do so.

“The registration boxes will allow patients to fill in their form while they are waiting for their appointment and provides them with a secure place to leave their information.”

The easily accessible boxes will also encourage hospital staff to join the organ donor register.

With over 7,500 people waiting for an organ in the UK, it has never been more important to sign up to the register. By registering to become a donor, you could potentially save nine lives.

You can also sign on to the NHS Organ Donor Register online by visiting
www.organdonation.nhs.uk.