Published: 14/07/2012 18:00 - Updated: 13/07/2012 13:31

Organ donor appeal

NHS Highland are appealing for organ donations in Caithness.
NHS Highland are appealing for organ donations in Caithness.

NHS Highland is urging people in Caithness to join the NHS organ donor register

with more than 10,000 people in the UK needing a transplant.

As the UK marks National Transplant Week, only 29% of the population are registered.

The NHS says that the lack of potential donors means up to 1000 people per year are dying before they get a transplant.

NHS Highland specialist nurse for organ donation Debbie Gallagher said the long-term organ transplant benefits are invaluable.

Not only does it give someone a second chance, transplants are less expensive than having to keep paying for medication that would ultimately only be a temporary solution.

She said: “The theme of this year’s campaign is to pass it on.

“We want people to sign up the register and we really want them to tell their family and friends that they have done it.

To register as an NHS organ donor visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk

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