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Organ donation law in England has changed. What has changed? Organ donation in England has moved to an 'opt out' system. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law'. This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. Your family will still be approached and your faith, beliefs and culture will continue to be respected. You still have a choice whether or not you wish to become a donor. Get the facts about organ donation to help you decide. Why has the law changed? The law has been changed to help save and improve more lives. Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for a transplant. What do I have to do? We are asking everyone to: Record your organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register Tell your family and friends what you have decided If you would like to speak to somebody about your choices, please call our dedicated line: 0300 303 2094 When did the law change? The opt out system in England came into effect on 20 May 2020. Who will the changes affect? These changes will affect all adults in England unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the following excluded groups: Those under the age of 18 People who lack the mental capacity to understand the new arrangements and take the necessary action Visitors to England, and those not living here voluntarily People who have lived in England for less than 12 months before their death Download the factsheet below The factsheet explains the changes to the law around organ donation in England, and the choices you can make. organ-donation-law-in-england-factsheet-updated-010520.pdf
Have you stopped smoking since the Coronavirus pandemic? We are all aware that this dreadful virus killing thousands of people around the world attacks the human respiratory system and if you’re a smoker and worried about COVID-19 then now would be a good time to think about quitting for good. Research into previous coronaviruses show that smoking makes the impact of the virus worse. Smokers are more likely to develop severe disease from the COVID-19 virus, than non-smokers. Britain's chief medical advisor, Professor Chris Whitty, urged smokers to ditch the habit immediately to lower their risk of Covid-19. He told MPs on the Health and Social Care Committee: Chancellor Rishi Sunak also increased the tobacco tax in the recent Budget, with the cost of cigarettes to go up to £12.73 a pack. With this in mind, here are just a few websites to help advise you on how to quit smoking for good. Wish (Herefordshire Council) NHS Quit Smoking - NHS Smokefree Follow the hashtag #QuidforCovid campaign on Social Media for more advise and support