Heart transplant waiting list up by 24%

4th January 2018

The number of people spending Christmas on the heart transplant waiting list is 24% higher than it was last Christmas.

According to the latest figures, 8 in ten people want to donate their organs in the event of their death, but many people have not discussed their wishes with family.

Since last Christmas, 31 people have died while waiting for a heart transplant, and there are currently 298 people on the waiting list.  This includes 33 children who will spend the Christmas period seriously ill and holding out hope for a transplant to come.

The Department of Health recently launched a consultation into an ‘opt out’ system of organ donation for England. Under the proposed system, you would be a donor unless you don’t want to donate.

Robert Hall, Support Nurse said: “Cardiomyopathy is one of the leading causes for people needing a heart transplant. With numbers of people needing a transplant rising we need more people to register as donors. People can register the details on line via the following link, https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/