Medical Reading

Have A Heart - Be A Lifesaver This Valentine's Day, UK

October 31, 2017

While many people will be hoping for a romantic message or a gift on Valentine's Day, thousands of others will be waiting and hoping for something that could save their lives - an organ transplant or blood transfusion.

More than 10,000 people are currently in need of an organ transplant and 7,000 units of blood are used every day to treat patients in hospitals up and down the country.

Over 17 million people have shown they care by signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR), while more than 4% of the population in England and North Wales already donate blood.

Maxine Walter, spokesperson for NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), said:

"Valentine's Day reminds us to appreciate the people we love and how much they mean to us.

"By donating blood or signing up to become an organ donor, you can help someone in desperate need of these life-saving gifts to be able to spend more time with the people they love."

Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no minimum or maximum age for joining the ODR and few medical conditions that would prevent organ donation being possible.

NHS Blood and Transplant