Brief History

The Scottish Liver Transplantation Unit (SLTU) opened in Novemeber 1992 at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. It is funded to provide liver transplant services to the people of Scotland. Under certain circumstances patients are accepted from outwith this geographically distinct area.

Since the unit opened, the SLTU has carried out over 1700 liver transplants.

Activity Levels

The number of patients receiving liver transplants is increasing due to increased availability of donated organs. There has also been a significant increase in the number of patients being assessed for liver transplant. There are consistently 35-50 patients in Scotland waiting for a liver transplant.

From April 2018 to April 2019, we undertook 176 assessments for elective liver transplant and performed 108 liver transplants, of which 97 were elective liver transplants and 11 were on the super-urgent liver transplant scheme. We have so far undertaken over 3400 assessments and over 1700 transplants since our opening in 1992.

SLTU Assessments and Transplants undertaken since 1992

For more information on our transplant acvitity, we publish our annual report in the Clinical Resources page.