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'Record high' for UK transplants

1st June 2009

NHS statistics have shown that the amount of organ transplants performed in the UK last year have reached an all-time high. 

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The number of transplants - 3,504 in total - increased by 8% from April 2008 to March 2009.

The amount of registered blood donors in England and Wales rose by 245,000, stopping a fall in figures over the past five years.

The NHS called for more donors, saying the need had "never been greater". 10,000 people are waiting for a transplant and 7,000 blood donations are required every day.

1.4 million people are registered to donate blood in England and North Wales. 

NHS Blood and Transplant figures showed a 7% increase in the number of people who joined the Organ Donor Register last year.

The total rose from 15.14 million to 16.12 million by the close of March 2009.

Lynda Hamlyn, chief executive of NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "We have seen yet another increase in the number of organ transplants and a significant number of new donors registering to give blood."

"But in order to meet the growing number of patients waiting for a transplant and needing blood on a daily basis, we are asking more people to become regular blood donors and sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register."

 

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