THE chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is recovering after undergoing his second kidney transplant.
The Trust’s chief operating officer Paul Brennan has temporarily stepped up as acting chief executive until he returns to work.
Matthew Hopkins joined the Trust in December 2018, replacing Michelle McKay who was returning to her native Australia.
Mr Hopkins is said to be recovering well following his operation.
His transplant is believed to have come from a living donor.
Across the UK 6,259 people are currently waiting for a donor organ, and of these, 4,877 are waiting for a kidney transplant.
In Worcestershire there are 50 people waiting for a donor organ and over the last five years 18 people have died waiting for one.
A spokesperson for the health trust said: “Our chief executive, Matthew Hopkins is currently taking a period of planned sickness absence, and we are expecting him to return to work next month.
“In Matthew’s absence, our chief operating officer, Paul Brennan is acting chief executive.”
An NHS Blood and Transplant spokesperson said: “We’re incredibly grateful to all the courageous donors and their families who help to save so many lives. We wish Matthew well in his recovery.
“If you would like to help others after your death, tell your family you want to be an organ donor and join the NHS Organ Donor Register.”
To find out more about the NHS Organ Donor Register, and also about donating a kidney while alive, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk