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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.
- Guidance regarding the responsibilities of the various clinicians in the retrieval and transplantation pathway (PDF)
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
The following policies can be found on our Policies and guidance page:
Pancreas organs from deceased donors in the UK are allocated according to a complex process to ensure equity and fairness.
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 2014 (PDF)
There are many factors that can affect how long a transplanted pancreas 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: