Scottish Donation and Transplant Group written update: April 2024

Written updates from the meeting of the group held on 25 April 2024.

Living donation update

Update given by:

  • Jen Lumsdaine, Living Donor Co-ordinator, NHS Lothian

Education and publicity

The Living Donation awareness campaign in January 2024 resulted in multimedia coverage throughout Scotland, including STV news, BBC The Nine, radio, newspaper and social media. Units reported increased enquires in response to particular stories.

The Minister for Public Health and Women’s Health, Ms Jenni Minto, spent a day at the Edinburgh Transplant Centre, hearing about the Renal Education and Choices at Home (REACH) Transplant initiative from staff and a donor/recipient pair. She then attended theatre to watch a living donor transplant.

Timely transplantation

The short-term working group, chaired by Ms Karen Stevenson, Cons Transplant Surgeon, Glasgow, continues work to explore barriers to timely transplantation in Scotland, including pre-emptive living donor transplantation and timely listing for deceased donor transplantation. The group consists of representatives from the clinical community, SG and commissioners. Data collection will be presented at the next meeting on 1 May 2024

REACH transplant

REACH Transplant enters the second year of national rollout. An ongoing programme of education and peer support continues both online and via in person meetings. A poster presentation outlining the programme has been accepted for the UK Kidney Week meeting being held in Edinburgh in June 2024.

Living donor coordinator competencies

A working group has completed national competencies for coordinators and specialist nurses working in living donation in Scotland – these are awaiting validation and will be circulated shortly.

The number of health-check questionnaire returns to all units

Health-check questionnaire returns for altruistic/directed donors and direct recipients from January 2023 to December 2023:

  January February March April May June July August September October November December
Altruistic donors 3 4 4 4 2 4 2 0 1 0 1 1
Direct donors 43 45 83 67 38 30 54 47 74 49 67 41
Direct recipients 37 37 34 49 36 23 34 34 48 37 53 26

Health-check questionnaire returns for altruistic/directed donors and direct recipients from January 2024 to March 2024:

  January February March
Altruistic donors 8 5 6
Direct donors 72 55 104
Direct recipients 44 41 62

Kidney transplants Scotland 2016-2023

  2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024
Deceased donor transplants 164 208 171 182 158 136 141 161
Living donor transplants 83 92 106 101 52 80 94 94



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