A record number of NHS patients in the UK underwent an organ transplant during 2009 / 10, according to the NHS Blood and Transplant’s annual report.

Hospitals carried out 3,706 organ transplants including heart, kidney, lung and liver, a 5% increase in the number of transplants from the year before.

In addition organs were retrieved from 929 dead donors and 1,061 living donors, which is an increase of 7% and 10%, respectively, from 2008 / 09.

The agency said the NHS’s increasing success in convincing people to become organ donors was due to improvements such as employing 200 specialist nurses since 2008 who work primarily in hospital intensive care units, and 185 clinical organ donation leaders.