Oldham, Bury & Rochdale, and North Manchester care organisation staff, take to their bikes to support Organ Donation Week

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Oldham, Bury & Rochdale, and North Manchester care organisation staff, take to their bikes to support Organ Donation Week
05 September 2019

NORTHERN Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) staff from the Oldham, Bury & Rochdale, and North Manchester care organisations, are getting on their bikes to cycle the route that donated organs take from The Royal Oldham Hospital to Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) for life-saving operations as part of the #jointhejourney campaign.

On Friday 6 September, to mark Organ Donation Week 2019 (2 Sept – 8 Sept), staff including doctors, nurses and others, are cycling the route taking symbolic organs to the transplant centre at MRI.

The NCA brings together Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

The route represents the journey that donated organs - including kidneys, pancreas, hearts, lungs, livers and forearms – take when they are taken to a recipient waiting for a life changing or often life-saving operation.

The cyclists will wear special Organ Donation Week branded jerseys and will be waved off by Oldham Care Organisation Medical Director, Dr Jawad Hussain, and other staff members, from The Royal Oldham Hospital main entrance at 10.00am.

Their next stop will be at 11.20am at Whitworth Park in Salford, where they will join up with colleagues from Salford Care Organisation before heading off to MRI.

On arrival at the MRI transplant centre, there will we be celebrations, as the cycle team hands the symbolic organs to members of the transplant team.

In 2018/19, from 12 consented donors, Oldham, Bury & Rochdale, and North Manchester care organisations facilitated seven organ donors, resulting in 13 patients receiving a life-saving or life-changing transplant (data obtained from the UK Transplant Registry).

In addition to these seven donors, there were five consented donors that did not go ahead.

Dr Andy Drummond, Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia, and Clinical Lead for Organ Donation, said:

“Organ Donation is a normal part of end of life care in intensive care, and it is important that we respect patient’s wishes at the end of their lives. The legislation regarding organ donation consent is changing in April 2020, and the most important thing people can do, is to consider what their own wishes would be, and pass on their decision to their relatives and friends who can then speak on their behalf.”

A family is much more likely to agree to donation going ahead if their relative has recorded their decision to donate on the NHS Organ Donor Register or has previously discussed their decision with them.

Throughout Organ Donation Week staff from across the Northern Care Alliance, which runs the Oldham, Bury & Rochdale, and North Manchester care organisations, have been posting selfies on Twitter pledging their support.

Lifts at The Royal Oldham Hospital have also been branded with Organ Donation Week messaging to encourage staff and visitors to support organ donation and consider their wishes.

Special Organ Donation Week flags have also been raised at The Royal Oldham and Rochdale Infirmary hospitals.

Check out @OldhamCO_NHS and @NCAlliance_NHS on Twitter to see some of the staff pics.

For more information on joining the Organ Donor register, please visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk.

The Like Life bulletin from NHS Blood & Transplant contains important information about organ donation. Download the Organ Donation Week edition here: https://nhsbtdbe.blob.core.windows.net/umbraco-assets-corp/11877/like-life-bulletin-special-edition.pdf

Pictured: Dr Andy Drummond