A PICTURE of murdered Lancashire nurse Jane Clough will feature on cards that will remind police officers to ask grieving families about organ donation.
The ‘Jane’s Card’ scheme has been launched as a pilot in the Preston area this month and will see police officers carrying the cards with them.
The card prompts them to ask family members if they would like help from a specialist nursing team following the sudden death of a relative.
The scheme features Jane because of the campaign work carried out on the issue by her parents John and Penny, who were told that Jane’s organs could not be donated because of her death, which Lancashire Police later admitted was a mistake.
Detective Superintendent Neil Essen, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation team, said: “Losing a loved one is always distressing, but it can be particularly so if you are unsure where to turn for support and feel that your relative’s wishes are not being met.
“Officers will now be signposting those who are grieving to the hospital’s bereavement team, who will be able to talk them through their options.
“Sadly, in some cases it will not be possible for organ or tissue donations to take place, but if the reasons behind this are clearly and sensitively explained by officers then this will hopefully offer relatives some comfort, and they will still be able to access the other services that the team can offer.”
Helen Bradley, bereavement and donation co-ordinator at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This initiative will provide important support to help families understand the choices available and ensure their loved one’s wishes are respected.”