Organ Donation

Three People Die Every Day Due to a Shortage of Donor Organs - But There Is Something Each of Us Can Do to Help

Grant Shapps | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Politics
Grant Shapps

From today people will get the opportunity to sign up when they visit the Oyster Online or Contactless pages on the TfL website. If we can make sure that as many people as possible know how to register and we make it easily accessible to them in their everyday lives we really will be able to make a real difference and save lives.

Even If You're Fed Up With The #IceBucketChallenge, This 5-Year-Old's Version Will Melt Your Heart

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As the Ice Bucket Challenge hype begins to die down, a video with a difference has come to our attention. And we have to say, while watching our ma...

Have You Told Your Family Your Organ Donation Decision?

Dr Ellie Cannon | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Ellie Cannon

New figures out today show that just 45% of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one's decision to be a donor - but this figure rises to 95% when they know the decision.

This Week Give Someone the Gift of Life

Simon Gillespie | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Gillespie

Donating an organ is one of the most inspiring and altruistic things a person can do. It is often the gift of life to someone who is critically ill and might otherwise have just weeks or months left to live. It can give families in their darkest hour, the opportunity to turn their tragedy into hope.

Baby's Kidneys Save Life Of 22-Year-Old Woman

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

The kidneys of a five-week-old baby have been successfully transplanted into a woman dying of renal failure, making the infant the youngest organ dono...

Chile and Wales Lead Renewed Drive for Opt-Out Organ Donation Scheme

Ruth Green | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK
Ruth Green

While World Cup qualification is arguably the most prominent thing in most Chilean and Welsh people's minds right now, the two countries have another topic of conversation in common: organ donation.

Teenager Denied Life-Saving Heart Transplant 'Because Of Low Grades' Has Surgery

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK

An American teenager whose family claimed he had been denied a life-saving heart transplant because of low grades and trouble with the police, has now...

'A Horror Story'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK

The organs of a British man who died in Bermuda were removed without the consent or knowledge of his family - and have never been found, an inquest ha...

Teen Denied Heart Transplant Because Of 'Low Grades'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK

A US teenager with less than six months to live has been denied a life-saving heart transplant because of low grades and previous trouble with police,...

Kidney Donation Rekindles Love Affair For Couple Who Split 20 Years Ago

Ross Parry | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK

A couple who split 20 years ago have rekindled their romance – after he donated her a kidney. Gordon Henry, 53, and Jo Macfarlane, 44, separated...

The Frightening Truth About Heart Transplants

Dr Mike Knapton | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mike Knapton

There are a number of reasons for the increase in the numbers waiting for a new heart. Primarily it's down to more people surviving a heart attack but living with the consequences - heart failure. Those with severe heart failure need a heart transplant to survive or have a better quality of life.

The Value of Specifics and When Nursing Goes Viral

Graeme Keeton | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

Trusts around the country are beginning to see the advantages of engaging their staff with social media, and it's time for all of us to provide the support. How do we get more nurses online, collaborating safely and effectively? How do we get the most out of social media for patients?

Make Your Last Gift Matter

Anna Soubry | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Anna Soubry

Since taking up my post at the Department of Health I have seen, first-hand, the work done every day by doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and everyone else that makes up our great NHS, to improve and restore the health of our nation. However sometimes a patient's fate is out of their control and in the hands of someone like me and you - an organ donor.

Presumed Consent Organ Donation: The Government Has Just Nationalised Your Body

Mike Judge | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Mike Judge

I used to carry an organ donation card. But I don't do so anymore. That's a shame because I would be delighted if someone had the chance of life after I was dead - just as long as I really was dead. The trouble is, I don't trust the government to make that decision for me.

Shaping the Future of Medicine: Why You Should Care About Tissue Engineered Organs

Eleni Antoniadou | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Eleni Antoniadou

While the challenges we are facing, in the field of developing artificial life, are daunting, I have never been more optimistic about our ability to solve them. UK is definitely emerging as a biotechnology powerhouse.

Without Organ Donation, There Can Be No Transplantation

Sally Johnson | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics
Sally Johnson

Despite the huge increase in donor numbers, brought about because more families have been asked about donation, the underlying rate of families agreeing to donation in hospital has not changed and consent rates have not risen. If we are to save more lives, something I believe we can and must do, then we need to see a revolution in attitudes towards organ donation.

Organ Donation On The Rise, But Doctors Want More To Be Done

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

The number of people donating organs after death has increased by 50% in the last five years, but the NHS is calling for more to be done. Over the ...

Care and Consent: Who Are NHS Organ Donation Nurses?

Graeme Keeton | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

The national consent rate for organ donation from the relatives of the terminally ill is around 60% and with three people in the United Kingdom dying every day because of lack of tissue and organs, it's up to specialist organ donation nurses to try and increase the numbers.

#creativesupport - Be Part of the Solution

Graeme Keeton | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

A few years ago, my dad lost a kidney because of misdiagnosed kidney stones. He was annoyed, and so was I, but there was no naming and shaming and no demand for compensation.

83-Year-Old Becomes UK's Oldest Kidney Donor

PA | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK

An 83-year-old man has achieved a double by becoming the oldest living kidney donor in the UK and the oldest person in the country to give a kidney to...

Grief And Gratitude As NHS Teams Up With Facebook

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK

Facebook and the NHS have teamed up to allow people to sign up for organ donation on the social network, which can be published to their timeline as a...

One Father's Gift Of Life To His 10-Year-Old Son

PA | Posted 14.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A 10-year-old boy left facing death from a rare medical condition has been granted a new lease of life after his father donated his own kidney to him....

Let's Put the Living Ahead of the Dead on Organ Donation

Stuart Bonar | Posted 15.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Bonar

In my opinion, sure, allow people to opt out of donating their organs at death, but the price of that should be that if they ever need an organ transplant beforehand they go straight to the back of the queue.

Should ‘Brain-Dead' Patients Be Kept Alive To Tackle Organ Donation Shortage?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 13.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Brain-dead patients should be kept alive on artificial ventilators so they can become organ donors posthumously, a controversial new report has claime...

'Too many People Dying' From Lack Of Kidneys

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK

The head of a kidney charity has launched a stinging attack on the Government, saying it will miss a target to boost organ donor rates by 50%. Tim Sta...