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Want to know more about organ donation? Ask double lung transplant recipient Debra at Sherwood Forest Hospitals open event and AGM


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A double lung transplant patient will be talking about her life-saving surgery during an open event and annual general meeting being held by Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs King’s Mill, Newark and Mansfield Community hospitals.

Debra Barlow, from Mansfield Woodhouse, will also be talking about her work since the operation to increase the number of people on the national organ donation register through Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ Second Chance campaign.

She will be joined by NHS Blood and Transplant Service specialist nurse Ruth Ballington for a special question and answer session as part of the annual members’ event, which will start at 3.30pm at King’s Mill Conference Centre, on the King’s Mill hospital site, Sutton-in-Ashfield, on Monday September 26.

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 Double lung transplent patient Debra Barlow will be answering questions at our open event and annual meeting


The former nurse and social worker suffered severe lung damage in 2006 when she contracted chicken pox pneumonia.

After a nine-year wait she underwent a transplant in October last year and is now on the road to recovery. She took part in Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ recent three-day recruitment drive at King’s Mill Hospital which added 288 people to the national organ donation register.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open event and at 5.30pm, visitors can also attend the Trust’s Annual General Meeting, which will include the formal presentation of the annual report and accounts.

Transport from Newark Hospital to the venue is available for anyone from the Newark area wishing to attend. Departure will be at 2.30pm and the return from King’s Mill will be at 7pm. Places must be booked, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Joining the organ donation register

Joining the NHS Blood and Transplant Service’s Organ Donation Register is simple. Visit and fill out your details. You can also register at the same time as you apply to the DVLA for a driving licence. Or you can telephone 0300 123 23 23.

The website has frequently asked questions and a myth-busting section to help explain exactly what joining the register means.

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