Media statement in response to 'Waiting for a Heart', ITV1
NHS Blood and Transplant welcomes the attention brought to organ donation by ITV Tonight's 'Waiting for a Heart' documentary (ITV1, Thursday 22 November 2012).
As the programme highlighted, there is a desperate shortage of many organs for transplants, including hearts.
Though the number of heart transplants carried out in the UK has increased in the last two years, there are still not enough suitable donors to give all those on the waiting list the heart transplants they so desperately need.
The best way to help people on the waiting list is by signing the Organ Donor Register - www.organdonation.nhs.uk - and, crucially, informing your loved ones of your wishes. Research shows that family support for organ donation doubles when people know about their loved ones' wishes to donate their organs after death.
NHSBT is also due to launch new plans in April 2013 aimed at further increasing the number of organs available for transplant.
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