2nd July 2013 – Airedale Hospital memorial garden opens
Loved ones who have donated organs and tissues will be remembered with a new memorial garden at Airedale Hospital.
Staff responsible for promoting organ donation have overseen the creation of the rose garden in front of the hospital’s main entrance.
The hospital’s clinical lead for organ donation, Dr John Scriven, a consultant anaesthetist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have created this garden both as a dedicated place to remember those people and families whose generous gift has helped the lives of others and to celebrate the tremendous gift that they have made.
“We also hope to improve public awareness of the need for organ donation and encourage people to speak to their loved ones about their wishes and sign up to the organ donor register.”
The memorial garden was unveiled ahead of transplant awareness week (8-14 July) by Rachel Wiseman, of NHS Blood and Transplant, (left) and Emma Davies, consultant in emergency medicine at Airedale Hospital (right).
Rachel Wiseman, specialist nurse for organ donation, said: “Donors have the power to save up to eight lives and transform many more through organ and tissue donation.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone across Airedale, Craven and Wharfedale to consider joining the organ donor register as, in death, you have the chance to save and transform the lives of so many.”
There are now 19 million people registered on the organ donor register but this represents only 30% of the population. With over 8,000 people waiting for a life saving transplant, the need for donation is as great as it has ever been, and sadly three of these people will die each day whilst waiting.