What we do
The Organ Donation team at LTHT provide medical and nursing support to patients who have expressed a wish in life to become an organ donor, and support their families and the clinical staff caring for them through the process of organ donation.
Our specialist nurses are trained to talk to patients and their families about the option of donation. When a patient wishes to be a donor after their death, then our nurse supports them and their family through end of life care and facilitates their wish to help others. Our team will offer to stay in touch with a donor’s family, often for many years afterwards.
We can update them on how their loved one’s gift has transformed the lives of so many others, if they wish.
Why become an Organ Donor?
The Be A Hero campaign was launched by Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2015 to celebrate the amazing gift of organ donation and to encourage all of us in Yorkshire to think about our end of life wishes in advance & record our donation decision on the Organ Donor Register.
The campaign celebrates the altruism of organ donors and their families - who at a time of sadness and loss - are willing to help others by donating organs after death. One donor can save or enhance the lives of up to nine people.
There are around 6322 people in the UK on the transplant list, waiting for a suitable donor organ to become available - 483 of those are in Yorkshire. None of us know what’s round the corner and any one of us could end up needing a transplant. Would you take a donated organ if you needed one? Nearly everyone would. But only around a third of us have joined the Organ Donor Register.
Be A Hero aims to encourage everyone in Yorkshire to think about their wishes in advance and sign the organ donor register. It would be fantastic if the generosity of Yorkshire people meant that - in Yorkshire - those who need a transplant get one in time.
Be A Hero. Sign the Organ Donation Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk.