7 December 2005 marked the 100th anniversary of the first successful cornea transplant and UKT celebrated with an awareness-raising campaign.
Cornea transplantation is one of medicine’s big success stories. And for patients, it’s little short of a miracle – a one-hour operation that can restore that most precious of senses, our sight.
It’s one of the most commonly performed transplant operations and with modern surgical techniques and drugs the success rate is very good.
Every year in the UK cornea transplantation helps more than 2,000 blind and partially-sighted people.
But the shortage of donated corneas means that many more could be given the opportunity to see again, if there were more donors.
A striking new advertising campaign runs in the South West until the end of April to highlight the shortage of donated organs for transplants. For the first time anyone prompted by the high street ads to join the NHS Organ Donor Register will be able to sign up by texting GIVE to 84118.
NHSBT has teamed up with mobile response company Ad.IQ Limited to launch this pilot SMS texting. Registration details provided by text will be sent via Ad.IQ to NHSBT for inclusion on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
For further information regarding the privacy and security of personal information sent by text please visit our Policy Statement
To amend or withdraw your record from the NHS Organ Donor Register you can do so by calling the Organ Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23, visiting Amend/remove details or writing to FREEPOST RRZK-SHUX-SBCK, NHS Blood and Transplant, Fox Den Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8RR. People registering via text will receive an acknowledgment letter within 6 – 8 weeks.