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West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust among the best performing trusts for organ donation

Posted: 10 July 2018

Picture of staff standing outside lifts

Thirty-three patients have received life-saving or life changing transplants thanks to the hard work of trust staff who led sensitive conversations with relatives about organ donations. We are one of the best performing trusts for the quality of care in organ donation when compared to similar trusts.

Holly Waterman, a specialist organ donation and transplant nurse, said: "This is a fantastic achievement by our dedicated staff. The more people who pledge to donate their organs after their death the more people stand to benefit from organ donation. There are 23 people currently on the waiting list in our area who need a lifesaving organ transplant. They need people to say yes to organ donation so they can get the organ they desperately need. Organ donation is one of the greatest gifts one person can give to another."

2017/18 statistics show that 374 people benefited from a life-saving or life-changing solid organ transplant in the East of England. (A solid transplant is an organ such as a heart, lung or kidney as opposed to ‘liquid’ tissues.) Sadly, 36 people died on the transplant waiting list during this time and 457 people were waiting on 31 March 2018.

Holly added: "The statistics from 2017/18 show that we have excelled ourselves in this sensitive issue. From 20 consented donors* we facilitated nine actual solid organ donors. When compared nationally our referral ratio and the involvement of specialist nurses was described as ‘exceptional’."

Thanks to a donation by the trust’s organ donation committee the doors of the main lifts at Watford General Hospital have a new appearance. The ‘lift wraps’ urge patients, visitors and staff to save a life by registering to be an organ donor while waiting for the lift.

Fiona Loud, chair of the trust’s organ donation committee, who is also a recipient of a donated kidney, said: "The trusts’ results show how collaboration between staff across the trust leads to successful donation. We would like to thank all the staff and all the families in Hertfordshire who have helped by donating organs to save lives.

“As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday this year we are asking people to consider giving the NHS a special birthday present by signing up to the organ donor register."

Join the NHS donor register and let your family know your decision. One day it could be someone you love in need of a transplant. It takes no longer than two minutes to add your name and details to the NHS organ donor register. You can also find more information about your choices: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk or you can call 0300 123 23 23

Notes to Editors

* Data from survey of 1,001 adults in England carried out online in September 2016 by Kantar Public. 84% stated that it is ‘very important’ or ‘quite important’ to tell people your wishes about donating your organs. 36% stated that some or all of their family and friends are aware of their wishes about organ donation

  1. For more information please contact Communications at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust on 01923 436281 or email. Out of hours, please call 07900 228031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
  3. For more information about our hospitals, visit www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk. You can also join our followers on Twitter (twitter.com/westhertsNHS) and find us on Facebook (facebook.com/westhertsNHS).