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Published on 17 August 2022

Renal transplantation: paediatric

The Paediatric Renal Transplant Service offers a pathway for the provision of kidney transplants to children to treat chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The service operates out of the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.

What is paediatric renal transplantation?

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure to place a healthy kidney from a live or deceased person (the donor) inside a child (the recipient). The new kidney can then do the work of the failed kidney(s), so that the patient feels better without dialysis.

Children who need the service are already known to local renal units. Consultant nephrologists and geriatricians across Scotland will refer them to it.

The service assesses potential recipients. It's also responsible for the transplant operation and inpatient care. Additionally, the service supports joint working with adult nephrology teams to aid transition to adult services when required.

Find further information on The Renal Association website.

You can also learn more about the condition on the Scottish Paediatric Renal Urology Network website.

Lead clinician

Dr Ian Ramage, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist


Royal Hospital for Children
1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF

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