An urgent appeal has been launched for Buckinghamshire residents to discuss organ donation - as it is revealed more than 80 people are currently on the waiting list.

From September 2 to 8 Organ Donation Week is running as NHS Blood and Transplant urge people to talk about the importance of organ donation.

Last year in Bucks alone 77 people’s lives were saved by a transplant whilst 82 residents currently wait for organs to be able to live a happy and healthy life.

From spring in 2020 all adults will automatically be registered to be an organ donor unless specifically stated otherwise.

Even once the law is change, the families of the deceased will still be approached before the procedure, so the NHS want to emphasise how important the conversation is to have with your loved ones.

A recent survey found that whilst 84% of adults in England agreed that it was important to let those closest to you that only 40% had actually shared that information with their partner or family.

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We need more people in Buckinghamshire to talk about organ donation to increase the number of lifesaving transplants.

“Even after the law around organ donation changes next year, families will still be approached before organ donation goes ahead. So, it remains so important to talk to your families about your views.

“Register your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family the choice you have made. If the time comes, we know families find the organ donation conversation with nurses or medical teams much easier if they already know what their relative wanted.”

To find out more visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.