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.
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.
Organ and tissue donation and transplantation in the UK was maintained for the most urgent patients during the first COVID-19 surge and the service recovered from that surge remarkably quickly.
In preparation for a possible second surge of COVID-19 the clinical team has drawn up plans and considerations.
Living donation survey
The safety of all patients is paramount, but there may be legitimate caution about exposing healthy donors to undue risk due to COVID-19.
A survey in June-July 2020 indicated a high level of trust in the NHS to deliver living donation safely and a desire for programmes to remain open.