A specialist organ donation nurse has helped double the number of patients and families consenting to be donors.
Since her appointment two years ago, Tracey Carrott – who is based at Wansbeck General Hospital – has seen the number of families consenting to organ donation increase from seven in 2010-11 to 15 in 2012-13. Tissue donations have increased by 60 per cent.
To mark National Transplant Week last week, Tracey shared the ‘Pass It On’ message to encourage people to think about becoming donors.
Tracey said: “To donate an organ or tissue is a truly remarkable gift and helps save hundreds of lives a year.
“My job is about educating healthcare professionals, as well as patients and families about donation and most crucially making sure people understand the process.”
When Anne Simpson’s husband Brian died in March last year after a severe stroke, the 60-year-old, of Hadston, decided to donate Brian’s kidney, heart valve and some skin.
She said: “Brian’s brother received a kidney transplant many years ago and has been able to live a full and happy life and because of this I know Brian wouldn’t hesitate to help someone else.”
Anne added: “As a family we have found great comfort in knowing that Brian has been able to give such valuable donations.”
“We recently received a very touching thank you letter from the recipient of his kidney.
“I would really encourage everyone to talk to their loved ones about the subject of organ and tissue donation as so many more people who are waiting for transplants could be saved and lead much more fulfilling lives.”