COVID-19: Clinical Advice
The following advice is provided for clinical staff involved in facilitating organ and tissue donation in the UK.
It is general guidance so please always check the latest Government COVID-19 advice for up to date national guidance as well as any local policies which may be applicable.
Because the situation is changing rapidly, please revisit this site to find the latest version of any guidance.
Clinical enquiries and questions should be directed as appropriate to: regional organ donation teams or Regional Clinical Leads for Organ Donation, national organ retrieval service leads, or transplant centres.
- Bulletin 35 (PDF 550KB) (published 12 August 2021)
- Related documentation:
Events investigated for possible donor-derived transmission of infections, malignancies, and other cases of interest, April 2019 - March 2020 (PDF 562KB)
COVID-19 vaccine Q&As for clinicians and patients
The OTDT clinical team, including lay member representatives have devised guidance for clinicians and patients with regards to COVID-19 vaccines.
Patients with thrombosis and thrombocytopenia occurring after vaccination
We have created guidance around the safety of organ donation and transplantation from patients with thrombosis and thrombocytopenia occurring after a COVID-19 vaccination.
This guidance is written as an aide-memoire for transplant Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) to use as part of their service consideration and planning.
The four key principles for units to consider and plan for are: prevention, preparation, escalation and shared learning as part of outbreak management.
This policy provides guidance on the SARS-CoV-2 assessment and screening of potential solid organ donors and transplant recipients. It is anticipated that it will be updated as new evidence and practices emerge.
Organ and tissue donation and transplantation in the UK was maintained for the most urgent patients during the first and second COVID-19 surges and the service recovered from each surge remarkably quickly.
The clinical team has drawn up plans and considerations for dealing with further surges of the virus.
In order to capture and appropriately use and share real-time information on confirmed COVID-19 in transplanted patients and those on transplant waiting lists, please use the reporting forms in the drop down menu below.
COVID-19 cases in wait list and organ transplant patients
View a map of cases reported to date - by NHS region and organ
Please note: data are as reported to NHSBT by transplant centres and are likely to be incomplete/lagging in real time.
SARS-CoV-2 cases in wait list and organ transplant patients
Information on all patients registered with NHS Blood and Transplant active on the waiting list for an organ transplant or in follow-up after receiving an organ transplant that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.
The report is updated each week.