MRI Transplant Team transforms record number of kidney patients’ lives
Renal Transplant Team at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) is
transforming the lives of a record breaking number of kidney
In May, 41 patients underwent transplants at the MRI breaking
the previous national record of 32 held by another transplant
centre. This success continued into June, when a further 35
patients received life-changing transplants at the MRI.
"This major spurt in activity and continued level of performance
is an achievement which reflects the on-going dedication and
commitment of our multidisciplinary transplant and retrieval teams
over many years," said Titus Augustine, Clinical Director of the
MRI Transplant Centre.
"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 the quality of
their lives. The hard work and continued dedication of the
MRI transplant team will ensure that we continue to provide a high
quality, high performing service to our patients."
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.
Kidney failure can be caused by a number of conditions, which
can occur from birth onwards and include hereditary conditions and
diabetes. Patients with established kidney failure require
regular dialysis as a result. This is time consuming and detracts
from quality of life. A kidney transplant is the preferred
and most effective treatment for suitable patients with established
kidney disease and can have a dramatic improvement on their health
and quality of life.
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.
- 35 adult kidney (10 living donors, 25 deceased donors), 3
paediatric kidney and 3 simultaneous pancreas and kidney procedures
were carried out at Manchester Royal Infirmary in May 2015, a total
- 32 adult kidney, 1 paediatric kidney and 2 simultaneous
pancreas and kidney procedures were carried out in June 2015, a
total of 35.
- The MRI has the largest waiting list of patients waiting for
kidney transplants - this currently stands at 998.
- The first transplant was performed at the MRI in 1968.
Since then, more than 5,600 transplants have been carried out, 272
last year alone, of which 25 were children.