Renal (Kidney) Services

Kidney Transplants

Contact: (0191) 244 8066 - Kidney Transplant Co-ordinators

Kidney transplants are one of the success stories of the last 50 years and have been performed in Newcastle since 1967. The adult kidney transplant unit for the Northern Region is based at Freeman Hospital on Ward 38 in the Institute of Transplantation where around 120 kidney transplants are performed every year.

Kidney transplants may be from deceased donors or from live donors. Deceased donors may donate after Brain stem Death (DBD), usually after suffering a catastrophic, irrecoverable brain injury, or they may Donate after Circulatory Death (DCD) having suffered a cardiac arrest from which they cannot be revived.

Live donors are usually a close relative or friend of the patient but may be unknown to them. In Newcastle, about half of kidney transplants are from live donors. The remainder are from deceased donors, of which two-thirds are from DCD donors.

Kidney transplants are now very successful in the UK so that after one year, 97% of kidneys in living donor transplants are still functioning well and 93% of kidneys from deceased donors are still functioning well. The success rates in Newcastle are very good and are comparable to these national success rates.

Contact us

To find out more information about our Kidney Transplants please do not hesitate to contact any member of our team:

  • Trish Smith
  • Recipient Listing Kidney Transplant Co-ordinator
  • Telephone:  (0191) 244 8066


  • Kim Russell or Julie Wardle
  • Live Donor Kidney Transplant Co-ordinator
  • Telephone:  (0191) 223 1218
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