Falkirk people urged to register decision as organ donation laws change this week

People across Falkirk district have been urged to share their decision on organ donation as the system changes from Friday.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 12:30 pm

From March 26, you now opt out, rather than in.

The change in law means that if people aged 16 and over haven’t recorded a decision about donation, they will be considered a possible donor if they die in circumstances in which they could donate.

NHS Forth Valley has urged people to make time to share their donation decision.

Organ Donation Week 2020

People can record their decision to be a donor, or to opt out ,on the NHS Organ Donor Register at any time.

But, if people do nothing when the law changes, it will be assumed they agree to donate, unless they are in a group for whom the law does not apply.

The opt out system will add to the package of measures already in place in Scotland, which have led to significant increases in donation and transplantation over the last decade.

Dr Helen Tyler, consultant in anaesthetics and intensive care medicine and clinical lead for organ donation at NHS Forth Valley said: “I’d encourage people to think about what they’d want to happen as every opportunity for donation is precious.

“Whatever you decide, record it on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family to help ensure that decision is honoured. If you’ve already recorded your decision on the register, there is no need to re-register as it will still stand when the new law is introduced.”

For more about the law change, and to record your donation decision, visit organdonationscotland.org or call 0300 303 2094.

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