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Solid organ transplantation

Published on 04 March 2020

Renal transplantation: adult

The Adult Renal Transplantation Service is for people over the age of 16 living with end-stage kidney failure.

This national service is jointly based at units in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

What is kidney transplantation?

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure to place a healthy kidney from a live or deceased donor into a person with little to no kidney function. Usually, patients are already on dialysis.

The service assesses potential recipients and living donors. It's also responsible for the transplant operation and inpatient care. Follow up occurs before discharge to local nephrology care.

The main role of the kidneys is to filter waste products from the blood and convert them to urine. If the kidneys lose this ability, waste products can build up. This is potentially life-threatening.

Renal transplantation offers a better life expectancy and quality of life than dialysis for patients with end-stage renal failure.

Further information about renal transplant services in Scotland is available on:

Lead clinician

Gabriel Oniscu, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Edinburgh

Professor Mark Clancy, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Glasgow

NSD contact

Commissioning Programme Manager, Anushka Govias-Smith – – 0131 2757049


Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
EH16 4SA

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF