Organ Donation register has huge increase in sign ups following BBC's Hospital
With Thursday 7 February's episode of BBC Hospital, featuring Liverpool Women's Hospital plus the Royal Liverpool Hospital completing three organ transplants in one day, NHS Organ Donation saw a huge increase in people signing up to be organ donors - 2,218% more than on the prior day.
The episode featured deceased and living organ donation, an attempted neonatal donation and an interview with a specialist nurse in Organ Donation.
During the show’s hour long broadcast on BBC2 on Thursday evening and in the hour following it, 1,391 people signed up as organ donors through our social media channels and by searching for organ donation online and signing up through our website. Compared to 60 the same period the previous day.
Andrea Ttofa, Head of Organ Donation Marketing for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We’re delighted that BBC Hospital inspired so many people to sign up as organ donors.
“We know personal stories of donation and transplantation are extremely powerful and prompt people to sign up to save lives
“We would urge everyone to tell their family they want to be an organ donor to ensure their family honour this decision.
“Around 6,000 people in the UK are currently waiting for a transplant and there are many more who would benefit from a transplant. Last year more than 400 people died in the UK waiting for a transplant.”
More than 25 million people are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register, join them today and tell your family you want to save lives.