Organ donation boost as tour comes to town

Healthier Scotland's Andy Moore and Pamela Kinloch (right) pour Claire McCarron a cup of tea as they explain organ donation, joined by Asda's Rosie Duddy (left).
Healthier Scotland's Andy Moore and Pamela Kinloch (right) pour Claire McCarron a cup of tea as they explain organ donation, joined by Asda's Rosie Duddy (left).
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NINETY people signed-up to save lives as the NHS Organ Donor Register brought its national tour to Motherwell.

Specialist staff were on hand at Asda to talk to people about organ donation and encourage them to join the two million other Scots already on the register.

It is part of a national campaign, which highlights how the seven words ‘I’d like to be an organ donor’ can save up to seven lives.

To date, 34.5 per cent of people living within the NHS Lanarkshire boundaries have added their name to the register, compared to the national average sign-up rate of 41 per cent.

Dr Harpreet Kohli, director of public health for NHS Lanarkshire, said: “While 96 per cent of people believe that organ donation is the right thing to do, only 34.5 percent of people in Lanarkshire have actually joined the Organ Donor Register.

“I would like to encourage anyone who believes in organ donation to sign up to the register and help save a life.”

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register visit www.organdonationscotland.org or text LIFE to 61611.