|Afternoon tea in the marquee|
National Transplant Week got much TV, radio and press coverage again, both local and national and it was good to see Papworth on the local Anglia news again promoting National Transplant Week, the link is below:
We were lucky to be invited to a National Transplant Week event, which was on Thursday, a gorgeous sunny day and held in a marquee in the field area that leads down to the duck pond at Papworth Hospital, where they gave us an update on what is being done nationally and what they are doing to promote organ donation and get more organ donors. It was very helpful as we got to to ask questions to the consultants and team about all aspects of transplant.
One of the main questions from our table, where three of us are waiting for heart and double lung transplants, was why there were so few heart and double lung transplants taking place - only two were done at Papworth in the last financial year - and was anything being done to help this particular situation. The answer was that the main reason for this was the big shortage of organs and the fact that two lives could be saved instead of just one if the heart and lungs were split and even three lives could be saved if the lungs were split. So the answer is to keep on trying both nationally, locally and personally to find effective ways to increase the amount of people on the organ donor register. The more donor organs that are available, the more chance there is to get a transplant requiring three organs or a transplant of any kind.
|Beautiful grounds at Papworth|
|The Transplant Team|
|Three ladies in waiting|
|Early evening entertainment|
|Ever wondered what to do with a spare sharps bucket? Champagne on ice anyone?|