BARNSLEY Hospital is backing a campaign which urges families to talk about organ donation after research showed that less than half of adults in the country have had the conversation.

The Leave Them Certain scheme, led by the NHS, aims to highlight the impact not knowing about organ donation has on those who are left behind.

A spokesperson for the hospital said: “It follows the law change last year in England, which means that all adults are seen as willing to donate their organs, unless they opt out or are in one of the excluded groups.

“However, many don’t realise that families will still be approached before any donation goes ahead.

“Even though 80 per cent of people are willing to donate their organs, only 39 per cent say they have shared their decision.

“And while a huge nine in ten families support organ donation if they knew what their loved one wanted, this figure falls to around half when a decision is not known.”