Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:58 GMT on Friday, 10th August 2012.
 
School pupils prepare to learn more about organ donation


LANARKSHIRE students will now have the chance to get their first lesson in organ donation at a careers event with a difference.

The event, which is open to all S6 pupils, will give students who are considering a career in health care the opportunity to discuss their career options with someone who already works in the field.

It will also show how their career may involve organ donation and highlight the need to join the organ donor register.

Morag Vickers, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation and event co-ordinator said: “This event is an excellent opportunity for pupils to explore the options that are open to them and gain an insight into their chosen career.”

“It will also introduce them to the need to join the organ donor register. With just over 7500 people currently on the UK transplant list, more medical staff are now treating patients needing a transplant.”

Pupils will be given the chance to meet a wide variety of staff who are involved with organ donation and transplants including surgeons, specialist nurses and anaesthetists as well as those who work in the emergency department, intensive care, paediatrics and physiotherapy.

They will also be given the opportunity to participate in workshops on organ donation and transplantation where they can learn more about transplantation and the experience of the families of a donor and a recipient.

The event will be held at the University of West Scotland on 5 September 2012. If you would like to attend, telephone 0300 123 9209 or email
Ann.McKenzie@nhsbt.nhs.uk.