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 23 PDF 526KB (published 22 October 2020)
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 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.
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.