Increase in waiting list for kidney transplants

QA is working to reduce the problem of bed-blocking, when patients who are ready to leave the hospital cannot do so due to care packages not being ready

Bed-blocking: Patient is stuck in hospital for 17 weeks waiting for care package to be agreed

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THE number of people waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant in the Portsmouth area has increased by more than 10 per cent in the last year say health experts.

Queen Alexandra Hospital said there are currently 280 people waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant – up from 250 last year.

To raise awareness, an information day was held at the Cosham hospital yesterday.

Lucy Chester, senior living donor transplant coordinator at QA, said: ‘We carried out 75 transplants last year, of which 27 were living donor transplants.

‘This financial year so far we have achieved 76 transplants and hope to reach 80 by the end of March.

‘There has been a definite increase in the number of transplants carried out in Portsmouth compared to previous years - we haven’t achieved more than 75 transplants since the mid-90s.

‘We also carried out 15 altruistic donations last year – the highest number carried out nationally by a considerable margin.’

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