Sign up to give someone the gift of life

This Christmas the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone in Northern Ireland to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and give the ‘gift of life’.

Almost 300 people in Northern Ireland are currently waiting for a transplant. Sadly the chance of a transplant will come too late for many.

Dr Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive of the PHA and Chair of the Northern Ireland Organ Donation Task Force Implementation Group, said: “The PHA is appealing for everyone who has not yet signed the NHS Organ Donor Register to please do so today. Christmas really is a time for showing our love and appreciation of others, signing the Organ Donor Register provides an excellent opportunity in which we can showcase this. We cannot express the importance of registration enough, transplants dramatically changes lives.”

“Together we can help others in need and save lives by joining the Organ Donor Register. Please take the time to do so by filling in a form online at www.organdonation.nhs.uk, texting save to 84118 or calling the NHS Donor line on 0300 123 23 23.”

Edwin Poots, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety added: “At this time of year, we are preparing gifts for family and friends. I would urge everyone to consider the ultimate gift - the gift of life.

“The number of Northern Ireland people on the organ donor register is steadily increasing, which is wonderful; however demand for organs is still far outstripping supply. I would urge everyone to strongly consider joining the Organ Donor Register, and to discuss their wishes with their friends and family. It is one of the most generous things a human being can do to help others.”