Kidney transplantation at RMH started in 1963 and we have been at the forefront of this field in Australia ever since.
The transplant service at RMH is one of the largest in the country. We perform more than 100 kidney transplants per year and this makes us the second largest transplant unit in Australia. We have pioneered the use of ABO blood group incompatible transplants and specialise in difficult to trasplant cases. We offer the full range of surgical and immunological therapies and have state of the art antibody removal equipment.
Our transplant results compare favourably with our peers and we have won a number of health service awards for our transplant activity. The RMH transplant team comprises experienced and dedicated transplant surgeons, physicians and support staff.
The RMH transplant team has also continued to drive innovation in transplantation in Victoria and Australia, using kidneys often discarded by other units with excellent results. This has included the use of kidneys from donors with acute kidney injury which is currently being prepared for publication in conjunction with the organ procurement organisation, Donate Life Victoria, in order to demonstrate that this is possible and to increase the number of organs available for transplantation.
We would be delighted to talk to you about a referral for transplantation in general or with specific issues in mind and our transplant coordinators are the first port of call. We have a novel transplant medciation supply service making management of the post transplant period easier and more personal.
All patients are considered for transplantation and whilst we cannot guarantee that everyone will be suitable, if we can transplant your patient we will tell you.
We also perform a large number of transplants from living donors. If you wish to refer a relative or friend of your patient to donate a kidney, we would be delighted to talk to you about this.
A donor does not necessarily have to be the same blood group or tissue type or related in any way for us to consider this. Donors should be in good health with normal renal function for referral and be prepared for extensive testing for us to verify that they are suitable donors.
Our ABOi transplant program has underpinned the success of the Australian Kidney paired eXchange program (AKX), which has been acknowledged and results are published yearly. We have also now performed some of the first ABOi transplants from deceased donors, opening a new avenues for transplanting kidneys and other organs across a previously absolute barriers.