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Welcome to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Renal Unit

Referrals from Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland are made to the local Living Donation Transplant Team in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Potential donors are sent a living donor information pack.

The pack contains written information and DVD to help a donor decide if they wish to take this further. If they do, there is a letter from the local Living Donor Transplant Co-ordinator explaining the process, a health check questionnaire and consent form in the pack which should be completed and returned to the local transplant co-ordinator.  

The health check questionnaire will then be passed on to the Renal Consultant looking after the recipient.  If there are no obvious issues then the co-ordinator will contact the donor to come in for basic investigations and compatibility testing. At the same time the donors GP is written to for additional information on their medical history.

If the donor is thought to be medically fit then they will be referred to a different Aberdeen Renal Consultant from the recipient. Detailed investigations will then be undertaken in Aberdeen before being referred to Edinburgh where a final decision will be made if donation is to proceed.

The aim of this process is to ensure that:

The donor is medically fit to donate a kidney and undergo anaesthetic
The kidney is good enough for the recipient to receive or be entered into the Kidney Sharing Scheme
That the donor will be able to live to old age with one kidney  

Following donation in Edinburgh the donor will be seen in clinic in Aberdeen six weeks post donation, and receive an annual follow up appointment.

Contact the team

We are more than happy to be contacted by anybody who would like further information regarding living kidney donation using the contact details below.

Tel: 01224 559 497

Email: nhsg.livedonation@nhs.net