Are people in Dalbeattie on the organ donor register?

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The number of people in need of a transplant in the region came under the spotlight during Organ Donation Week.

Figures show there are nine people currently in need of a kidney transplant, up from six in 2016/17.

And, on average, people are waiting around three years for the life-saving operation.

More than 67,000 people in Dumfries and Galloway are currently signed up to the Organ Donor Register, just under half the population.

And medical experts hope that number increases further if an “opt-out” donation system is brought in.

We headed to Dalbeattie to find out if people there were on the register.

William Laing.
William Laing.
(Image: Jim McEwan)

William Laing, who lives in the town, thought an “opt-in” system was already in place.

He said: “I thought you automatically donated your organs now and you have to withdraw.

“I think I’ve filled something in giving my consent. I’m in favour of it and I think on my medical records there is consent for my organs to be donated.”

King Wong.
King Wong.
(Image: Jim McEwan)

Dalbeattie’s King Wong is already on the register.

He said: “I feel it’s the right thing to do. When we’ve passed away that’s us, they’re no use to us. It’s like recycling our own body parts.”

Norma Wilson, who was visiting from Crookston in Glasgow, signed up to the register some time ago.

She said: “I just felt at the time that it would help someone else if anything ever happened to me.

Norma Wilson.
Norma Wilson.
(Image: Jim McEwan)

“I’m not going to need them, wherever I’m going, but if it’s going to benefit someone else then fine and that’s why I did it.

“It was probably about 30 years ago that I had the wee card.”

Richard Marriott, from Dalbeattie, is unfortunately not able to sign up.

Richard Marriott.
Richard Marriott.
(Image: Jim McEwan)

He explained: “I’ve got COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) so I can’t do anything like that. I don’t see anything wrong with doing it but I can’t do it because of health issues.

“If I didn’t, I’d possibly consider it. In general I think it’s a good idea.”

If you want to sign up to the Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.

Source : https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/people-dalbeattie-organ-donor-register-13234071