- Some 265,000 new organ donors have registered through the NHS app
- The app is used to prove the job status of covid and millions of people have downloaded it since May
- Over 12 Million Downloads App After Introducing Covid Pass
Statistics show that England has seen an increase in the number of people signing up for organ donors through the NHS app this year.
A total of 265,000 new donors have registered through the software, of whom 150,000 are doing so between May and September.
The summer boom came as millions of Britons turned to the app after the introduction of the Covid Pass and the potential for a domestic passport.
Number 10 began flirting with the idea of using proof of jab paper in bars, restaurants and other indoor settings in the spring, but has so far held off in England.
However, this measure has been brought in Scotland and a decision will be taken in Wales in the coming days.
More than 12 million Britons have downloaded the NHS app since the introduction of the COVID Pass, allowing people to prove their immunization status with the click of a button.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), a total of 1.5 million people in England have agreed to donate their organs if they die.
Nearly 150,000 people have registered to donate after downloading the NHS app for their COVID vaccine passports
Around 40 per cent of the UK population have ‘opt-in’ to the organ donation register – around 26 million people. Everyone in England is believed to have made the choice, but the people are able to choose it, so their family is aware of their decision if they die.
Max and Keira’s rule, named after a boy who received a heart transplant from a girl who donated it, approved the House of Commons in 2019. Max Johnson (left) was saved from a heart given by a family of nine-year-old donor Keira Ball (right) after her death in 2017
The proportion of people who donated organs across the UK rose from 39 per cent in 2019 to 40 per cent in 2020 to 2021 – and jumped by more than a quarter in a decade.
An ‘opt-out’ system known as the Max and Keira Law came into force last year, meaning everyone in England is automatically considered a donor unless their family requests otherwise after their death. Do.
The law is named after Keira Ball, who died in 2017 at the age of nine, and Max Johnson, now 13, who were rescued from their hearts.
Families urged to have ‘honest and frank’ talks about organ donation
The NHS is urging families in the UK to consider organ donation amid fears that waiting lists for major transplants will increase.
According to NHS Blood and Transplant, there are currently over 7,000 people in need of a transplant, including 200 children across the country.
The service is particularly concerned about donations for children, who wait an average of 88 days for an urgent heart transplant, compared to about two and a half times longer than 35 days for adults.
In 2020-21, 15 children and 493 adults died awaiting transplant, and only one percent died in situations where organ donation is possible.
For more than a decade, the number of young organ donors has been around 50 per year, and in 2020-21 more than half of the families contacted agreed to donate.
Organ donor Amelia Wood of Lincolnshire overcame cancer, but died at the age of 11 after being hit by a wheel that had broken into a passing vehicle.
Her mother, Hayley Hodgson, said: ‘When Amelia was ill, she needed lots of units of blood and platelets and many people helped her.
‘When we were told that there was nothing more that could be done to help her, I knew she would like to do the same for others.
‘After being in the hospital, we knew what it was like to feel invisible, isolated and helpless, through organ donation we wanted to give others an opportunity they didn’t have.’
All adults in England are now believed to have opted-in for organ donation in order to increase the number of donors.
After the law came into force in May last year, families are still consulted before going ahead with organ donation.
The NHS say they have the power to overturn any decision if they were not sure their loved one wanted to donate.
But signing up to the app allows people to digitally inform their families of their decisions and can also prioritize whether they want NHS staff members to state that organ donation is based on their religious beliefs. How can it be compatible?
It also allows them to modify which particular organs they want or don’t want to donate after they die.
Alex Hudson, Head of the NHS Organ Donor Register at NHS Blood & Transplant, said: ‘Ever since the new organ donation law came into force, our priority has been to make sure everyone knows that organ donation is still an option.
‘By enabling people to check, modify and update their organ donation decision, the NHS App makes it easier than ever for people to manage and control their organ donation decision.
‘Even though organ donation has moved to an opt-out system, it is important for people to know that families will always be contacted before organ donation can proceed.
‘When a person has actively registered their organ donation decision, we know it provides great comfort and reassurance for families in incredibly difficult times.’
Speaking at London Tech Week, Health Secretary Sajid Javid hailed the ‘enormous’ benefits of technology in transforming health and care.
“We all owe so much not only to our doctors, nurses and frontline colleagues but also to the coders, developers and innovators who helped keep our NHS so strong,” he said.
‘We have seen what health technology can do at a time when health systems around the world were under incredible stress.
‘We must build on the progress we have all seen and deliver on this long-awaited digital revolution.’
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