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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.

The Pancreatic Advisory Groups (PAG) meet regularly to review organ donation and transplant activity and make recommendations on where improvements could be made. Minutes and papers can be found on the Pancreatic Advisory Group page.

To make best use of the information provided, we recommend that you seek advice from your doctor or nurse.

Additional information for patients is available from Diabetes UK

Licensed UK pancreas transplant units

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.


Selection Policies – how do patients get onto the National Transplant waiting list?

The following policies can be found on our Policies and guidance page: 


Allocation policy - how are donated Pancreas organs allocated?

Pancreas organs from deceased donors in the UK are allocated according to a complex process to ensure equity and fairness. 

You can find the pancreas allocation policy on our Policies and guidance page


Waiting times - how long will a person wait for a Pancreas transplant?

There are many factors that determine how long a listed patient may wait for a pancreas 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 the Annual Report On Pancreas And Islet Transplantation


Outcomes - what is the outcome after Pancreas transplantation?

There are many factors that can affect how long a transplanted pancreas will last and how long people will live after transplantation.

We publish outcomes from listings and outcomes from transplantation by centre in the Annual Report On Pancreas And Islet 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: