The total number of organ donation decisions registered through the NHS App has increased by over a fifth in the past year, reaching 546,825. This represents a 22% increase from the previous year. In total, organ donation preferences have been managed 4.1 million times through the app. The figures come as the NHS highlights the importance of organ donation during Organ Donation Week.
Registering organ donation preferences through the NHS App enables specialist nurses to quickly understand people’s wishes, potentially saving lives. With over 7,000 patients currently awaiting a transplant, the increase in registered decisions is an encouraging development. The NHS App, which has over 32 million sign-ups across England, enables people of all ages to manage their health conveniently.
NHS England’s national director for transformation, Vin Diwakar, emphasized the significance of organ transplantation as a major medical achievement. While nearly 4,600 transplants were facilitated in the UK last year, there are still over 7,000 individuals on the waiting list. The widespread adoption of the NHS App makes it easier for individuals to make informed decisions about organ donation, and it is encouraging to see that over half a million people have already done so.