Record year for transplants

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IN a record-breaking year, 3,960 transplants were carried out in the UK in 2011/12, NHS Blood and Transplant has announced.

The Organ Donation and Transplantation activity report 2012 shows the seventh year of growth in the number of transplants.

The number of deceased organ donors continues to increase, 1,088 last year – up eight per cent on the previous year.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation, said: “Since 2007/08, our efforts have been concentrated on getting the right infrastructure in place and working with our partners in hospitals throughout the UK to change clinical practice and give more people the opportunity to donate their organs.

“Huge efforts have been made in hospitals to increase deceased organ donation and the report for 2011/12 details the continuing, overall upward trend in organ donation and transplantation.

“We remain on target to meet our objective of 50 per cent growth in donation by 2013.”

The total number of people registered on the Organ Donor Register was 18,693,549 – or 30 per cent of the population – by the end of March 2012. This is an increase of nearly 950,000 people on the previous year.