Welcome to the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit

The Scottish Liver Transplant Unit or SLTU is a national service and part of the Edinburgh Transplant Centre based in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. The SLTU is allied to the Centre for Liver and Digestive Disorders in University Hospitals Division of NHS Lothian.

The SLTU opened in November 1992 as part of the Old Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. It is centrally funded by the Scottish Government to meet the needs of people in Scotland who may require a liver transplant. Since it started, the Unit has performed over 1600 liver transplants.

Liver Transplantation

A liver transplant is a major surgical procedure to place a healthy liver from a deceased donor into a person whose liver no longer functions properly Liver transplantation is considered when other treatments of liver disease are no longer helpful or when the iver disease becomes advanced or irreversible. We offer both deceased donor liver transplantation and live donor liver transplantation.

Contacting the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit

We are experiencing a high volume of calls due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. 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.

If you would like to contact us, please use the contact information below. The same contact details and the contact details for other Edinburgh Transplant Centre services can be found on the Contact Us page.

Scottish Liver Transplant Ward (206)

Telephone number: 0131 242 2068/9

Fax number: 0131 242 2065

Email address: sltu@ nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Scottish Liver Coordinator’s Office

Telephone number: 0131 242 1721

Fax number: 0131 242 1722

High Dependency Unit (Ward 215)

Base 1 telephone number: 0131 242 2150

Staff base telephone number: 0131 242 2153

Liver Transplant Secretaries 

Contact the liver transplant secretaries to organise clinic appointments.

0131 242 1719            0131 242 1717            0131 242 3520            0131 242 1749

Useful Information

The links below will take you to pages you may find useful:

Your Liver Transplant

Liver Transplant Patient Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SLTU 25th Anniversary