From Spring 2020, the law around organ donation is changing in England. This means that all adults in England will be considered to be an organ donor when they die, unless they had recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.
Around three people die every day in the UK in need of an organ because there are not enough organs available for transplant. But only 1% of people die in circumstances that would allow them to donate.
Why is the law changing?
Most people support organ donation in principle and would be willing to donate their organs after their death. However, many people do not make this decision clear by either signing the NHS Organ Donor Register or telling their family before they die. It is hoped that the change in law will better reflect what most people want to happen to them and will help save and improve more lives.
Adults that are affected by the change in the law will still have a choice about whether they want to be an organ donor, and their families will still be consulted about donating their organs when they die.
Make your patients aware of the change in law
To help make people aware of the organ donation law change, NHS England have produced a new video explaining what has changed. This includes details about what has changed and when the new law comes into effect. There is also details about where to go if patients want more information.
This new video is now available on Envisage through our Envisage Media App, which is included with the Envisage waiting room TV system. It can be added to a playlist with a single click and displayed in your waiting room for patients to view. This is a great way of highlighting the change to patients while they wait for their appointment.
For more information about Envisage and how you can educate and inform your patients on a range of health matters, such as organ donation, please contact our team on 0114 243 3896, or email: email@example.com.
If you are an existing user and would like help adding the new video to your playlist then please contact our technical support team on 0114 399 0010, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org