The Regional Liver Transplant Unit is one of the largest centres of its kind in the country, seeing patients from all across the UK. The unit was established at the Freeman Hospital in 1992 where we performed our first liver transplant in January 1993.
We have since performed nearly 550 liver transplants and now also carry out pancreas transplant surgery, sometimes together with the liver and the kidneys.
We are currently developing islet cell transplantation from the pancreas which is hoped will benefit many patients with type 1 diabetes, helping them to live normal lives, without the need for daily injections of insulin.
Clinical expertise and specialist facilities for complex conditions
Our service is built around a dedicated and highly experienced team drawn from a wide range of experts, including: liver, renal, and hepato-pancreato-biliary surgeons, specialist physicians and anaesthetists, as well as transplant coordinators, nurses, physiotherapists and social workers. Working in close co-operation, this multidisciplinary team manages all aspects of patient care from initial assessment of potential transplant patients through to the long term post-transplant care required.
Specialist care and support when you need it
In addition to general medical and surgical clinics, we run some specialist clinics for patients with viral hepatitis, alcohol-related liver disease, metabolic liver disease and other liver related conditions. Our surgeons and physicians hold some joint clinic sessions so that patients can be seen by both, where clinically appropriate.
We have access to a fully integrated intensive care unit which provides advanced and high levels of clinical support following transplant surgery, and a Liver Transplant Unit run by specially trained nursing staff which provides the high dependency care needed during the weeks following such complex surgery.
The unit has close links with the medical school at Newcastle University and combines medical care with the latest surgery, technology and research which means that patients can often benefit from groundbreaking treatment and the most advanced techniques.