Welcome to the Scottish Pancreas Transplant Unit (SPTU)

SPTU is a service based at the Edinburgh Transplant Centre in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. We primarily perform simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplants for suitable patients with end stage diabetes and end stage renal disease in Scotland.



Pancreas Transplantation

A pancreas transplant is a major surgical procedure to place a healthy pancreas from a deceased donor into a person whose pancreas no longer functions properly. Pancreas transplantation is usually reserved for treatment of type 1 diabetes, as the transplanted pancreas can restore normal insulin production and improve blood sugar control.

We perform three different types of pancreas transplant:

  • Simultaneous pancreas/kidney transplant (SPK)
  • Pancreas-after kidney transplant (PAK)
  • Pancreas transplant alone (PTA)


Brief History

The Scottish Pancreas Transplant Unit was established in April 2000. The unit performed their first pancreas transplant later that month.

In 2020, we’ll be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Pancreas Transplant Unit.



Useful Information

The Pancreas Transplant Information Booklet will help answer any questions you may have regarding pancreas transplantation. You will also find some information on the Your Pancreas Transplant page.



Contacting Us

If you would like to contact us, please go to our Contact Page for details. You will also find the contact details for the other Units within the Edinburgh Transplant Centre.