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Friday 19 July 2019
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Join the journey and pedal for Organ Donation Week

Doctors and nurses from Salford Royal will get on their bikes to cycle the same route that donated organs take to the region’s transplant centres for life-saving operations.

 

To mark Organ Donation Week 2019 (2 Sept – 8 Sept), Salford Royal’s Organ Donation team are calling on cyclists to join them for a celebratory event on Friday 6 September.

 

Consultants, Doctors and nurses will get on their bikes and join the journey to take symbolic organs to each of the region’s transplant centres at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe and St James in Leeds.

 

The routes will represent the journey that donated organs - including kidneys, pancreas, hearts, lungs, livers and forearms – take when they leave Salford Royal and are taken to a recipient waiting for the life changing or often life-saving operation.

 

In 2018-19, 55 families were approached at Salford Royal and 29 (55%) agreed to donation. A total of 58 transplant recipients benefited from organs donated by Salford patients. An individual can only be an organ donor if they die in an intensive care unit.

 

Raynie Carson, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation at Salford Royal, said: “Organ donation is a journey in itself – one of grief, emotion, new beginnings and lives saved.

 

“There are thousands of people around the country on the transplant waiting list and while most people support organ donation in principle, only a third have actually signed the organ donor register.

 

“Families will always be asked to support someone’s wishes to be an organ donor so it’s vital that everyone speaks with their loved ones about their decision to ensure their choices in life are honoured after they have died.”

 

A family is much more likely to agree to donation going ahead if their relative had recorded their decision to donate on the NHS Organ Donor Register or had previously discussed their decision with them.

 

The bike ride will take in routes suitable for novices or the more experienced cyclists. On arrival at the transplant centres, there will we be celebrations as the cycle team hands the symbolic organs to members of the transplant team.

 

Participants will leave Salford Royal on the morning of Friday 6 September. To register your interest in taking part, please email.

 

For more information on joining the Organ Donor register, please visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk