Figures from NHS Blood and Transplant have revealed a 27% rise in kidney transplants in 2017-18 when compared to 2016-17.

They contribute the increase to an overall increase in organ donation, which reached its highest ever level, with 1,575 people donating their organs after death. This is an 11% increase on last year.

Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, said: “I am so grateful to all those families who have chosen to help others at a time of personal tragedy. This news will give hope to the desperately ill people who are waiting for that lifesaving phone call.

“The increase in donations and transplants is made possible thanks to the generosity of donors and their families. It also reflects the hard work of all the NHS staff who make this incredible service possible. This year we asked clinicians to miss no opportunity to make a transplant happen and despite the pressures on the NHS they’ve responded magnificently.”