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As Organ and Tissue Donation Week gets underway (20-26 September), islanders are being encouraged "to leave no doubt about their donation decision."  

New figures released to coincide with Organ and Tissue Donation Week reveal almost half (45.7 per cent) of people in the NHS Western Isles area have now registered their donation decision. 

Figures show 42.7 per cent of people in the Western Isles have recorded a decision to be a donor, with 3.0 per cent choosing to opt out. 

If people haven’t recorded a decision about donation, then it will be assumed they have agreed to donate certain organs and tissue for transplantation, unless they are in a group for whom the law doesn’t apply.  

People can record their decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register at any time, but it’s also important to discuss that donation decision with family and friends.  

Families are always involved in the donation process, and leaving them with no doubt about your wishes can make it easier to ensure your decision is honoured. 

Dr. Frank McAuley, NHS Western Isles Board Medical Director, said, “Although being a remote and rural local area has unique challenges, collaborating with the Organ and Tissue Donation Team we can support participation of all Western Isles residents in this life-changing work. 

“It’s encouraging to see the number of people in the area who have recorded their donation decision.  Organ and tissue donation remains a personal choice, but it’s important to make your decision known. 

“You can record your decision at any time on the NHS Organ Donor Register.  Sharing that decision with family is also important, as having that knowledge can make it easier for them to honour it.”

Leave no doubt and help make this Week count – share your donation decision today. Find out more and register your donation decision at organdonationscotland.org or call 0300 123 23 23.