Looking back and looking forward for DonateLife Week

Woman and man holding DonateLife cards
DonateLife Donor Coordinator Nicola Fletcher and Hospital Medical Director for DonateLife Dr Ravi Sonawane
August 3, 2017

DonateLife Week is a time to celebrate the precious gift of organ donation and encourage people to register as an organ donor.

In the past year, 16 organs have been retrieved through donation at Rockingham General Hospital (RGH).

That means that 16 people have received a lifesaving organ and been given the gift of a better quality of life.

Hospital Medical Director for DonateLife Dr Ravi Sonawane said organ retrieval was rare event at RGH so there were many challenges when it did happen.

“Everyone involved shows excellent teamwork when the time comes and because of this we are able to overcome so many barriers and achieve excellent results” Dr Sonawane said.

“Thank you to the Executive, Theatre, Anaesthetic, Emergency Department, ICU, DonateLife teams and most importantly the community.”

The next step for RGH is to expand the pool of organ donors by implementing the donation after circulatory death program.

DonateLife Donor Coordinator Nicola Fletcher said the team was educating staff on the intense but rewarding process involved in retrieving organs after circulatory death.

“This type of donation broadens the pool of organ donors and provides another avenue for families to honour the wishes of their loved ones,” Nicola said.

There will be a display in Elanora’s Café at RGH this week, providing the opportunity for staff, volunteers, visitors and patients to join the donor register.

You can find out more about organ donation or register online to become an organ donor on the DonateLife website (external site).