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MRI Transplant Team transforms record number of kidney patients’ lives

adrian northThe Renal Transplant Team at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) is transforming the lives of a record breaking number of kidney patients.

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.

Read Adrian's story about how a renal transplant transformed his life


  • 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 of 41.
  • 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.