Last year the St George’s transplant centre carried out a record 145 transplants. This is a tremendous achievement for the team and the trust, helping to improve and save many lives.

Alongside these positive results a national report collated and published by NHS Blood and Transplant service last week has shown further accomplishments of the St George’s transplant centre.

St George’s was found to have:

• The highest one year patient survival following a deceased donor kidney transplant in the country.

• Joint highest one year patient survival following a live donor kidney transplant in the country.

• The team performed 39 transplants for patients who had not started dialysis. Receiving a transplant before undergoing dialysis has a major impact the patient’s quality of life and their long term health. This figure of 39 is above the national average and ranks St George’s as the third highest for a kidney transplant centre.

Sarah Heap, consultant surgeon and transplant lead says: “These results are excellent and are more remarkable given the fact that the current surgical team have been working together for the last couple of years.

“These outcomes are only possible with the close and effective relationship we have with our colleagues within St George’s and across the network which includes Epsom & St Helier, and the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

“The next few years are exciting times for St George’s renal unit as we will be marking our 25th Year and we are working towards a new facility to support our on-going success.”