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Organ donation

Here at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust we want to save more lives… with your help.

We are steadily increasing the number of organ donations yet know that much, much more could be done if there were more donors.

And it is also worth remembering it is not is not just organ donation. Tissue donation can also save and improve lives.

To join the register click here to fill it in online. Remember to spell it out and make sure you tell your family about your wishes. 

Here our Clinical Lead for organ donation, Paul Knight, explains why it's important we all have the conversation with our families:

Paul has been a consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care since 2001 having undertaking training in Birmingham, Leeds and Toronto.

Since taking up his consultant post he has had a number of roles promoting safe and efficient surgical care. 

"Becoming a clinical lead for organ donation is an opportunity to promote good quality end of life care. I am proud to be a part of a Trust already does very well in supporting organ donation. Working in ICU, I see a lot of tragic situations where despite our best efforts we can't always make patients better. When we work together with other members of the multidisciplinary team we can improve communication with family members to help them come to terms with their loss and make sure that all of their loved one's wishes can be honoured. It's really important that we can encourage everyone to talk with their families about what their wishes would be if tragedy strikes" 

Paul lives in Calderdale with his wife and teenage son, you will probably see him walking his 2 dogs in the countryside.