Heart and lungs
On this page
NHS Blood and Transplant works closely with doctors, nurses and others to monitor the organ donation and transplantation process and ensure that it is as safe as possible. However, as with any medical procedure, there are always risks.
Our Advisory Groups meet regularly to review organ donation and transplant activity and make recommendations on where improvements could be made. To view the minutes and papers please visit the Cardiothoracic Advisory Group.
To make best use of the information provided, we recommend that you seek advice from your doctor or nurse, or seek help from one of the Cardiothoracic Patient Support Groups.
All hospital transplant units must be licensed by the Human Tissue Authority. Patients are normally referred to their nearest transplant unit, but they may opt to go elsewhere.
The following policies outline how patients are selected for cardiothoracic transplantation:
Cardiothoracic organs from deceased donors in the UK are allocated according to a complex process, which is described here:
There are many factors that determine how long a listed patient may wait for a heart transplant, such as blood group, tissue type and the degree of sensitisation. This leads to a variation between different centres.
You can find the waiting times for each centre in this report:
There are many factors that will affect how long transplanted cardiothoracic organs will last and how long people will live after transplantation.
Please be careful in using this information which applies to the ‘average’ person and not to you. Again, we suggest you discuss this with your doctors.
Further data that may be of interest to the potential transplant candidate: