Edinburgh Transplant Service Updates

The Edinburgh Transplant Centre is suspending some of its services due to the current and ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

The situation will be reviewed regularly and further changes may come into place as more information becomes available.

Important information about the status of transplant activity in the Edinburgh Transplant Centre can be read as a PDF in a new window (updated 02/04/2020). The general points are made below.

Liver Transplant

The liver transplant programme has been restricted to a highly selected group of patients who are very urgent and are at a significant risk of falling off the list within three months.

British Liver Trust

The British Liver Trust have adapted their patient support during the developing COVID-19 situation. There are a number of different ways they are providing support and communicating information over the next few weeks. All of their services will be continually monitored and adapted to best meet the need of their beneficiaries.

The support services available during this time include:

    • Continuing to communicate information, offer support & encourage conversation between patients and family members on our Scotland Facebook group which can be found using “Scotland support groups British Liver Trust”. 
    • Offering virtual support groups online via Zoom. These zoom meetings include a weekly transplant zoom co-facilitated by the liver transplant unit in Edinburgh, genetic/ autoimmune groups, regional groups and carer support meetings.
    • The British Liver Transplant website has a coronavirus hub which is continually updated with the latest NHS and Government advice surrounding COVID-19. However, please do consult with your GP/ hospital team if you are worried. 
    • The British Liver Trust nurse led helpline is available to all patients and family members.  Call 0800 652 7330 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday (not bank holidays) or email: helpline@britishlivertrust.org.uk

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested. If anyone needs any more information about the British Liver Transplant zoom support groups then they can email Amy Caffrey on: amy.caffrey@britishlivertrust.org.uk or phone: 07824056686.

Kidney Transplant

Living Kidney Donation Programme

The living donor programme throughout the UK has been temporarily suspended based on a balance of risk and benefit in the current climate.

Deceased Kidney Donor Programme

The deceased donor programme has reduced in activity and we will only undertake kidney transplantation in the coming weeks for a selective group of patients who are at low risk of acquiring infection and who do not need increased immunosuppressive therapy immediately following the transplant.

Pancreas Transplant

The simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant programme has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Islet Transplant

The islet transplant programme has been temporarily suspended until futher notice.

If you need to contact us...

The Edinburgh Transplant Centre are making arrangements with patients regarding clinic appointments, medication, surgeries, and any information we feel necessary to discuss.

We are currently receiving a high volume of calls because of the current situation. There is a voicemail service available for you to leave a message and a member of staff will get back to you to address your concerns. Members of staff are making their way through these calls/messages.

Information for Patients and Carers

COVID-19 guidance for anyone who is currently on a transplant waiting list or who has recieved a transplant. It also contains information for carers or relatives who support someone on a waiting list or who has recieved a transplant.

Edinburgh Transplant Centre Service Updates

This page contains information relating to the changes that are being made within the Transplant Unit during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

More information and useful links

This page contains further information and useful links to keep you updated during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.