Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Organ and Tissue Donation Committee have won a major national award.
They have been given the award for the Exceptional Organ and Tissue Donation Committee in this year’s NHS Blood and Transplant and British Transplant Society UK awards for Excellence in Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation.
The award was presented to the committee at the Society’s congress in Edinburgh on Thursday, March 2.
Presenting the award, Dr Dale Gardiner, Associate Medical Director for Organ Donation, said: “This committee is chaired by Ian Mean, who is a local media business leader and is also South Central’s Regional Chair of Organ Donation Committees-his drive and enthusiasm have helped shape a fantastic functioning team that supports both organ and tissue donation in equal measures.
“The committee has helped drive excellent organ and tissue performance across the Trust as well as establishing a fantastic sub-committee that uses volunteers to engage with the local community to promote organ and tissue donation.”
Dr Mark Haslam, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FT, commented: “It is a great honour that our committee has been recognised in this way. We have consistently tried to engage on all aspects of organ donation in Gloucestershire from our community base to the clinical interface.
“We are proud to have more than 500,000 people in Gloucestershire register their organ donation decision on the Organ Donation Register which is one of the highest in the country.”