Bradford Teaching Hospitals is raising awareness of the vital work of transplants during Organ Donation Week.
Over the last year, 121 people in Bradford have received lifesaving or life changing transplants. However, the NHS says hundreds of transplants are being missed around the country every year because families are not aware of their relative’s wishes.
During this week NHS Blood and Transplant, hospitals, charities and supporters of organ donation are encouraging people across the UK to talk about organ donation with their relatives and friends.
The NHS says there is a particular need for more black and Asian people to talk about donation. Patients from these communities make up 29% of the national transplant waiting list but they are less likely to agree to donate. Organs from people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a close match and give the best chance of a positive outcome.