New figures out today show a rise in the number of people in the region whose lives were saved by an organ donation.
NHS Blood and Transplant says five per cent more had their lives saved or improved through a transplant.
In Norfolk, 32 people donated a total of 59 organs to help people following their death.
Across East Anglia, 433 patients received a living or deceased transplant, compared to 441 in 2021/22. There are currently over 7,000 people on the active transplant waiting list in the UK, including 466 patients from the East.
Doctors say opportunities for transplant are still being missed due to families declining to support donation. People in the East are being urged to confirm their organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Experts say families are more likely to support donation when they already know it was what their relative wanted. 9 out of 10 families honour their family member when the donor had confirmed their decision to donate on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Over 50,000 people are alive in the UK today thanks to the life-saving gift of organ donation, and 433 people had a transplant in the East of England last year. But this wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our incredible donors and their families who have given their support for donation at what is often the most difficult of times.
“We know that most people support organ donation in principle, and we have seen a steady increase in the number of people confirming their support for organ donation via the NHS Organ Donor Register, including 2.8 million in the East.
“However, we still need families to support their loved one’s decision and agree to donation when approached, which we know is most likely when they know that’s what they wanted. With only one per cent of people dying in circumstances where organ donation is possible, every donor is precious and has the potential to save up to nine lives.
“We urge everyone who supports organ donation to confirm their decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register. It is a simple action which only takes two minutes, but can ultimately save lives.”
To find out more, and confirm your support for organ donation, visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk, call 0300 123 23 23 or use the NHS app.