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Organ donation at East Cheshire NHS Trust

Overview

East Cheshire NHS Trust is committed to helping save lives by promoting and facilitating organ donation after death.

To do this, staff from Macclesfield Hospital work closely with specialist nurses in organ donation (known as SNODs) from NHS Blood and Transplant – the national NHS body for organ donation.

SNODs work with hospital staff to help identify potential organ donors and guide and support their families through the donation process. Once a donor is identified, SNODs then work in collaboration with colleagues at transplant centres throughout the UK to identify suitable recipients for the donated organs and arrange for them to be delivered and transplanted.

As a smaller district general hospital, Macclesfield Hospital provides a relatively small number of organ donors each year. However, as each organ and tissue donor can save or drastically improve the lives of up to 50 people, every single donor is precious. Read more about organ and tissue donation on NHS Blood and Transplant's FAQ page here

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How you can help

Only around 5,000 people each year in the UK die in circumstances where they can become a donor. So if you want to make a real difference, join the NHS Organ Donor Register and, crucially, talk about your donation decision with family and friends.

Letting them know what you've decided now makes it much easier for them to support your decision to be a donor.

How to register

You can join the NHS Organ Donor Register by:

•             Calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 (Lines are open 24 hours a day all year round. Calls are charged at your contracted rate for local calls)

•             Texting SAVE to 62323

You can also join when you are:

•             Registering for a driving licence

•             Applying for a Boots Advantage card

•             Registering at a GP surgery

•             Registering for a European Health Insurance card (EHIC)

Leaflets are also displayed in GP surgeries, libraries and many hospitals and pharmacies. For more information, see NHS Blood and Transplant’s organ donation website, including frequently answered questions.

For trust staff and healthcare professionals

The trust’s Organ Donation Committee works to increase referrals, improve donation rates and promote organ donation to staff, patients and the local public. 

The trust’s clinical lead for organ donation (CLOD) is Dr John Hunter, a consultant in anaesthetics and critical care, while the organ donation committee is chaired by non-executive director Dr Jane Cowan. The committee’s secretary is currently Angela Bateman – contact angelabateman@nhs.net with any queries or requests.

For general information, statistics and educational resources, please see Organ Donation and Transplantation – NHSBT’s resource website for healthcare professionals.

Healthcare professionals can also report incidents relating to organ donation and transplantation via the Organ Donation and Transplantation website.

To make a referral or contact NHSBT

Specialist nurses (SNODs) from NHSBT’s North West organ donation team can be contact via 0151 2687210 or via the 24-hour group pager on 07659 184748. The postal address is:

North West ODT Team
NHS Blood and Transplant
14 Estuary Banks
Speke
Liverpool
L24 8RB

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