Statement on media coverage

Statement on media coverage about organ donation and women carrying babies diagnosed with non-survivable conditions

In response to a number of media articles implying that women carrying babies with a non-survivable condition will be pressurised into proceeding with their pregnancy in order to donate their babies organs, the British Transplantation Society has issued the following statement

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Council Strategy meeting report

At the first meeting of the BTS executive following on from a very successful Congress in Bournemouth in March 2015, it was decided that a review of the strategy of the Society was timely.

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Professor Mike Nicholson to feature in a BBC Lifeline Appeal

Professor Mike Nicholson and his team at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust feature in a BBC Lifeline Appeal due to air on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday 26th July and repeated on Wednesday 29th July on BBC Two at 12pm.

 

Radio presenter Lauren Laverne hosts the appeal which aims to raise awareness of the importance of research into improving transplantation success as well as the importance of organ donation.

It focuses on the work of Kidney Research UK and more specifically, Professor Nicholson’s ground-breaking normothermic perfusion technique, which allows surgeons to revive a donor kidney in the lab and test whether it works or not before transplanting.

The film features two patient stories – 10-year-old Matthew, who has been on the transplant list for 7 years and is desperate for a donor kidney to become available, and Deborah Bakewell, who became the first person in the world to have a transplant using the pioneering technique. Money raised from the programme will go to the Making Every Kidney Count Appeal. Further details available here: www.kidneyresearchuk.org/BBCLifeline

Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020

The British Transplantation Society (BTS) warmly welcomes the publication by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) of their strategic plan, ‘Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020’.

This provides an excellent platform on which to develop transplantation services in the UK over the next few years. Professor Anthony Warrens, President of the BTS, commented: ‘This programme of work is well focussed and ambitious but realistic. It has the potential to have real impact and build on the excellent work NHSBT led to bring the recommendations of the Organ Donation Taskforce 2008 to the successful achievement of an increase in donation of 50% in five years.

The BTS is committed to support NHSBT in their pursuit of this plan for the benefit of our patients, three of whom die needlessly in the UK every day for want of an adequate supply of organs’.

New guidelines for living organ donation from prisoners

Living donor transplantation (LDT) is now established practice in the UK and represents 38% of overall solid organ transplant activity.

The safety and welfare of living donors is paramount. Living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) accounts for 97% of LDT activity and is justified on the basis of excellent patient and transplant outcomes, low donor risk and donor and recipient choice2 . Living liver donation (LLDT) comprises the remaining 3%.

New Guidelines for living organ donation from prisoners are now open for consultation until 28th February 2014.

Any comments to Lisa Burnapp at lisa.burnapp@nhsbt.nhs.uk