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Welcome to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) is home to the West of Scotland Transplant Team. All patients from Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Forth Valley, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran and Dumfries & Galloway who wish to be considered for transplantation are assessed.

For those patients who have potential living kidney donors referrals are accepted directly from the donors themselves, from their GP or from the renal team of the recipient. Donors from Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Forth Valley are dealt with directly. In the first instance a living donor information pack is sent out. This includes a health questionnaire and registration form. Following receipt of these, an initial appointment is arranged to determine compatibility and discuss the assessment process including the short term and long term risks of donation in detail.

The assessment involves several hospital appointments including those with transplant coordinators, nephrologists and surgeons. The purpose of this assessment is to determine the suitability of the donor ensuring that the criteria set within the UK Guidelines of Living Donation is met and that approval is gained from the Human Tissue Authority. Tests include routine blood and urine work, ECG, chest xray, isotopic GFR, renogram and Magnetic Resonance Angiography – all of which provide information about kidney function.
For those donors from Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran and Dumfries & Galloway, they will be seen initially at their local centre. Once initial compatibility testing and initial investigations are carried out, the local team will refer them onto the co-ordinators at the QEUH to complete the assessment.

Once the donor assessment is complete and the recipient is confirmed suitable for transplant, both the donor and recipient will be admitted to ward 4C in the QEUH, under the care of the transplant surgeons. The anticipated length of stay for the donor is between 3 to 5 days and for the recipient approximately a week. Following discharge the donor will be followed up initially by the surgical team, then the transplant co-ordinators and eventually by their own GP for lifelong follow up. The recipients will continue under the care of the transplant team for between six months to a year before being referred back to their local renal team for lifelong follow up.

The aim is to assess all donors from all the NHS Boards in a timely manner ensuring equity of access to living donor transplantation.

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: 0141 451 6200

Email: gg-uhbrenallivedonorteam@nhs.net