MSP Welcomes New NHS Organ Donor Register Launch

Monday July 20th 2015

A new, updated version of the NHS Organ Donor Register was officially launched across the UK last week, extending the choices a person has about their organ donation wishes.

As well as being able to record a decision to be an organ donor, the new Register will now, for the first time, enable people in Scotland to record their choice not to be an organ donor.

Existing registrations from the old NHS Organ Donor Register have been transferred to the new Register by NHS Blood and Transplant.

Welcoming the new register, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Colin Beattie said,

“I am happy to see the new NHS Organ Donor Register providing my constituent with more choices. Whether you chose to be an organ donor or would like the NHS to know your decision not to be one, I would encourage each person to make your wishes known through the Register and to their friends and families.

‘It is important to inform loved ones of a person’s choice as it makes it easier for those wishes to be honoured in the event of their passing. If you register without telling those closes to you, it may come as a surprise. Knowing organ donation is what you would have wanted could make their decision easier to live with at a time when they are dealing with loss.

‘This new Register provides an ideal opportunity for my constituents to make sure their choices are up-to-date and to talk to family and friends about their decision to donate.”

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