Organ Donation Week saw a record number of kidney transplants carried out at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) - the West of Scotland’s kidney transplant centre.
Our kidney transplant surgeons carried out 10 kidney transplants during the week – a more than 300% increase on the number carried out at the same time last year.
In total, September has already seen 20 kidney transplants carried out in contrast to nine in August.
Marc Clancy, clinical lead in renal transplant, said: “Renal transplants are associated with improved patient survival and a vastly improved quality of life compared with dialysis.
“Being able to donate a kidney to help people who desperately need a transplant is one of the greatest accomplishments of modern medicine.
“We have developed a renal services strategy where we are now delivering more than 180 transplants each year – compared with 140 per year when at our previous base at the Western Infirmary.
“This could never have been achieved with the infrastructure we previously had at the much smaller Western Infirmary. The QEUH offers us not only far superior theatres, but also extra dedicated capacity we just didn’t have.”
Julie Glen, Living Donor Co-ordinator, said: “Across the West of Scotland there are 267 people in need of a kidney transplant, so carrying out such a high volume of kidney transplants during Organ Donation Week was a huge achievement.
“So much credit and thanks has to go to the donor families who bravely make the decision to donate their loved ones organs. We would also like to thank the living kidney donors who go through a very thorough MOT in order to help someone they love or sometimes a complete stranger.
“We are always happy to talk to anyone who is considering donating a kidney and lead them through the assessment process ensuring that their safety is priority.
“A donated kidney can last more than 20 years so, in many cases, a donor is giving someone a second lease of life.
50.5% of Scotland’s population is signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register – the highest percentage of UK - with 48% Greater Glasgow and Clyde residents signed up.
The West of Scotland alone accounts for 62% of the total number of people nationally waiting for a transplant.
Further information on how to donate a kidney is available from the Live Donor team by calling 0141 451 6200 or emailing: GG-UHB.RenalLiveDonorTeam@nhs.net
Signing up to be an organ donor takes just two minutes at: https://www.organdonationscotland.org/yes
In June 2015, kidney transplant surgeons carried out a record six kidney transplants in 24 hours - just three days after moving into the new QEUH.
Before the move to the £842 Million hospital, surgeons on average carried out three kidney transplants a week. In just 24 hours, the team carried out the equivalent of two weeks’ worth of transplants.
Organ Donation Week ran during 3-10 September.