Living Kidney Donation

Welcome to the Living Kidney Donation Information Site


The first successful live donor kidney transplant in the United Kingdom was performed at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 1960, between identical twins. Nowadays, the kidney transplant programme performs 30-40 live donor  transplants each year, and 70-80 kidney transplants from deceased donors.

For many people with end stage kidney failure, a transplant increases life expectancy and offer a better quality of life. However, the shortage of organ donors in the UK means that many patients will wait on average 3 years for a kidney from a deceased donor. Live kidney donation offers many advantages, however it involves a fit and healthy person undergoing a major operation. All donors have a rigorous assessment to minimise the short and long term risks to their health.

For further information concerning organ donation and kidney transplantation please follow the links below:


To contact the Live Kidney Donor Transplant Co-ordinators at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh please telephone:

0131 242 1635 - Transplant Co-ordinator Support

0131 242 1703 / 0131 242 3181 / 0131 242 3266 - Live Donor Transplant Co-ordinators


Last Reviewed: 04/01/2017