38% of Antrim people on organ donor register

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Over a third of people living in the Antrim Borough Council area are on the organ donation register.

The figures were released as part of a campaign urging local people to ‘Speak up and save a life’.

In the Antrim Borough Council area, 38 per cent of the population are on the organ donation register.

The Northern Trust is encouraging local people to discuss their organ donation wishes with their loved ones as part of the regional ‘Speak up and Save a Life Campaign’.

The Public Health Agency campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the issue of organ donation in Northern Ireland.

Despite support for organ donation being extremely high, recent figures show just 31 per cent of the population in Northern Ireland are on the organ donation register.

Mary McAfee, Organ Donation Specialist Nurse with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, said: “It is really encouraging to see so many people in Antrim Borough Council area already on the register; however we need more people to get behind this campaign.

“In NI almost 200 people are currently waiting for a transplant and sadly the chance will come too late for many.”

The campaign takes a testimonial approach which shows the impact of organ donation from the recipient and the donor family perspectives.

Mary added: “Evidence shows that consent rates increase where families have discussed organ donation wishes so if you want your organs to be available for donation it is important that you discuss your wishes with the people closest to you so that, if the time ever comes, they will find it easier to carry out your wishes.”

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