Have a heart, save lives this Valentines

Monday, 13 February 2012 – Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement
Have a heart, save lives this Valentines

This Valentines Day, Tuesday14 February, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone in Northern Ireland to have a heart and save lives by signing the NHS Organ Donor Register.

The number of people in Northern Ireland signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register is steadily increasing; however there are still not enough organs available for transplant. Just over one in four in Northern Ireland is registered as potential organ donors.

While many people will be looking forward to a romantic message or gift on Valentine's Day, around 300 people in Northern Ireland will be hoping for a life saving transplant. By signing the NHS Organ Donor Register you can help make this become a reality.

Dr Eddie Rooney, Chief Executive, 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. We all have the opportunity to help others in need, simply by joining the Organ Donor Register. It is one of the most generous things a human being can do to help others.

“Please take the time to fill in a form online at www.organdonation.nhs.uk,  alternatively text  save to 84118 or call the NHS Donor line on 0300 123 23 23. It is important that you discuss organ and tissue donation with the people closest to you so that, if the time ever comes, they will find it easier to carry out your wishes. Together we can help others in need and save lives by joining the Organ Donor Register.”

Further information

Contact the Public Health Agency on 028 90553663

Notes to the editor

You can join the NHS Organ Donor Register by:

  •          Calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23
  •          Logging on to www.organdonation.nhs.uk
  •          Texting SAVE to 84118

You can also join when you are:

  •          Registering for a driving licence
  •          Applying for a Boots Advantage Card
  •          Registering at a GP surgery
  •          Registering for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)