Another record-breaking year for the MRI transplant team
Manchester Royal Infirmary's transplant team has broken the
national record for a single transplant centre yet again. The
MRI transplant team performed 317 life-changing transplants in
2015, compared to their previous national record of 294 procedures
in 2013. The 2014 total number of transplants performed at
the MRI was 271.
179 of the operations performed last year were kidney
transplants using organs from deceased donors, while a further 106
kidney transplants used organs from living donors. A small
number (28) of simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplants were also
"We're delighted to have broken the national record yet again
for the number of transplants performed by a single centre,"
said Titus Augustine, Clinical Director of the MRI Transplant
"Kidney transplants transform the lives of patients who may have
endured years of dialysis. The more transplants we can perform, the
more individuals we can continue to help and improve their quality
of life. The hard work and continued dedication of the MRI
transplant and retrieval teams will ensure that we continue to
provide a high quality, high performing service to our
The MRI is one of the largest renal transplant centres in Europe
and provides a full range of renal and pancreatic transplant
services for adults and children from across the North West.
It is not only breaking records for the number of transplants
performed, it is also one of the safest and most efficient
transplant centres in the country.
The MRI also functions as a national organ retrieval centre and
a dedicated team of surgeons and highly skilled nurses are on hand
24/7 to retrieve organs from donors who have made the ultimate
decision to donate their organs to help save the lives of others at
the time of their death. These organs are retrieved and transported
speedily to a transplant centre anywhere in the UK for
transplanting where a patient has been identified as a suitable
match by the national matching scheme. The process of
retrieving an organ to transplanting into a recipient patient needs
to be done in as short a time frame as possible to achieve the best
function in the transplanted organ. The team has to mobilise
at an hour's notice when there is a confirmed donor in the region
or nationally and occasionally in the Republic of Ireland.
The dedicated transplant team at the MRI continually strives to
develop the service it provides to patients. Plans are in place to
develop the transplant programme in Manchester even further with
the focus on increasing the number of transplants performed at the
MRI while making sure that patients receive the best possible
outcomes from their transplant. It is vital to plan for an
increase in transplant numbers in line with demand and the waiting
list which continues to rise.