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Guy's Hospital carries out 1 in 10 of all UK kidney transplants

Posted on Thursday 15 August 2013

New figures published today (Thursday 15 August) by NHS Blood and Transplant show that 307 patients received a life-saving transplant at Guy’s Hospital in the last 12 months – and that 1 in 10 of all UK kidney transplants were carried out at Guy’s.

The 307 operations carried out from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013 included:

  •  276 kidney transplants
  •  24 simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant (SPK)
  •  7 pancreas transplants

Of the 276 kidney transplants carried out, 182 were with kidneys from deceased donors – the largest number performed by any transplant unit in the UK – and 94 were from living donors, the largest number performed by a kidney transplant unit in London.

However, at the end of March 2013, 397 Guy’s patients were on the list for a kidney transplant, 29 were waiting for a combined pancreas-kidney transplant, and five required a pancreas transplant.

Dr Marlies Ostermann, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation, says: “We have one of the largest kidney transplant programmes in the UK and we work closely with NHS Blood and Transplant to actively promote organ and tissue donation.

“The figures published today show that hundreds of people are benefiting from life-saving transplant surgery at Guy’s Hospital but hundreds more are waiting for a suitable donor organ to become available.

“In the UK today more than 7,000 people with organ failure are on the transplant waiting list. Despite increasing numbers of organ donors, every day three people on the waiting list die or become too sick to receive a transplant.   

“It is not just young, fit and healthy people who donate their organs and tissues. Anyone can register to be an organ donor and you can even do so if you have common medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.”

More information about becoming an organ donor is available on the NHS Blood and Transplant website at

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