Why is living donor kidney transplantation the best option?
A kidney transplant from a living donor can be planned to avoid or reduce the time someone is on dialysis and offer a better long term outcome for the recipient. A kidney from a living donor is an exceptional gift that can transform the life of someone waiting on a kidney transplant. This is really important to know when discussing transplant options.
Living kidney donation will remain an important part of increasing donation and transplantation rates when the new opt out law on organ and tissue donation is introduced on 26 March 2021.
Types of living kidney donation
Is when a person donates to someone they know, such as a family member or a friend.
If the donor is not a suitable match for the person they wish to donate to, it is usually possible to join the UK Living Kidney Sharing Scheme for donor kidneys to be ‘exchanged’ with other pairs. In some circumstances it is beneficial for compatible pairs to also join the kidney sharing scheme.
Non-directed altruistic donation
Is when a person donates to someone they do not know. Nowadays all altruistic donors start a chain in the UK Living Kidney Sharing Scheme matching runs, unless there is a high priority recipient on the waiting list.
Directed altruistic donation
Is when a person offers to donate to a specific person whom they don’t know (perhaps read their story on social media).
If you are considering donating a kidney to either a family member, friend or to a stranger, we understand that you will have a lot of questions.
The living kidney donation process
Learn more about the process and hear from the specialist teams involved.
Contact your local unit
If you’re thinking about donating, get in touch with the team at your local specialist unit.
Donor and recipient stories
Your decision could one day give someone else a second chance of life. Learn more about the difference it can make.
Resources for professionals
If you’re a GP or a healthcare professional, learn more about the process and what this means for your patients.
The Exceptional Gift
It is important to discuss living donor kidney transplantation as the best option for those awaiting a transplant.