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8th March 2018

NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting a call for more living kidney donors in Milton Keynes.

There are currently 15 people waiting for a kidney in Milton Keynes and six people have died on the transplant waiting list waiting for a kidney in the last five years.  In the Buckinghamshire area, there were 11 living kidney donors in 2017, compared to 14 in 2013.

The figures have been released for World Kidney Day (March 8) by NHS Blood and Transplant with an appeal for more people to consider making a life-transforming donation while they are still alive.

There has been a national decline in the number living kidney donors.  The decline is worrying because living kidney donation has always been a success story in the UK, accounting for more than 40% of all donors and a third of all kidney transplants for people waiting.

For suitable patients, transplantation is normally the best treatment for end stage kidney disease compared with dialysis.

Most living donations are between family and friends.  People can also choose to donate altruistically, when their kidney is matched anonymously to a suitable person on the waiting list. 

Dr Nessan Carson, GP Board Member of NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Last year, 261 people died in the UK waiting for a kidney transplant, and many of those lives could have been saved through increased living kidney donation.  We urge people to consider whether they can support lifesaving living kidney donation.”

Lisa Burnapp, NHS Blood and Transplant Lead Nurse for Kidney Donation, said: “Living donation has been a major success story for the UK, with 1 in 3 patients receiving a kidney transplant from a living donor.  We welcome the support of NHS Milton Keynes CCG and people in Milton Keynes in reversing the worrying national decline in donors.

“Anonymous altruistic donations are especially important because they can start transplant chains.  It’s no coincidence that the high figures for 2013 came when altruistic donation was at its highest ever level.”

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