Organ Transplants: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th June 2020.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Justice), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) kidney, (b) liver, (c) heart, (d) lung and (e) multiple organ transplants which have been unable to take place during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England and NHS Improvement and NHS Blood and Transplant have been working closely together to ensure that organ donation and transplant activity could safely continue during the COVID-19 pandemic for very urgent life-saving transplants. NHS England and NHS Improvement and NHS Blood and Transplant will continue to work hard to increase donation and transplantation and support families, clinicians and the transplant centres to facilitate organ donation and transplants where possible.

The estimated number of transplants that did not go ahead in the first five months of 2020 are shown in the following table:

Kidney

Liver

Heart

Lung

Multi-organ

Deceased donation

336

119

10

37

7

Living donation

219

3

Not applicable

Source: NHS Blood and Transplant

Note: It is important to note that many factors influence the number of transplants performed in any given month so these figures need to be treated with caution.

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