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Transplant services

The Transplant team at Papworth carry out heart, lung and heart-lung transplants on patients from across the United Kingdom.
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Specialist services

The multidisciplinary transplant team at Papworth also provides additional specialist heart and lung services.
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Transplant history

Papworth Hospital has been leading the way in transplantation for over 30 years.
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Transplant team

The Papworth Hospital team has accumulated over 30 years' of experience in transplantation.
Transplantation at Papworth Hospital

Specialist services

As well as offering specialist services for heart and lung transplantation, the multidisciplinary transplant team at Papworth also provides the following additional services:

Bridge to transplant surgery (BTT)

Allied to its expertise in transplantation, Papworth Hospital is one of six hospitals in the UK designated for BTT surgery. This involves implantation of mechanical blood pumps termed Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD). These devices support the heart's pumping function in severe heart failure patients whilst they await transplantation. In 2011 Papworth performed its first Total Artificial Heart (TAH) implant driven with a portable driver where the patient was able to go home, this was the first in the country.

Grown-up congenital heart conditions (GUCH)

The transplant directorate is also a regional centre for patients with grown-up congenital heart conditions (GUCH), providing treatment optimisation for patients referred on from other hospitals or Primary Care physicians in the east of England.

Pioneering research

Papworth Hospital's transplantation research is pioneering. It is mainly focused on donor management and donor organ resuscitation. The current effort is concentrated in techniques to re-condition and resuscitate unused donor hearts and lungs to improve their function and quality to make them good enough to be transplanted. The Ex-Vivo Lung Programme (EVLP) has now successfully moved into its clinical phase, with the first lung transplant being achieved using a re-conditioned donor lung that would otherwise have not been suitable for transplantation.

Transplant database

In order to monitor our work through audit and to aid transplant research, a wide range of clinical information is collected about each patient referred, assessed or transplanted and held on our transplant database. Information from this database is transmitted securely to NHSBT for monitoring purposes, and to the International Society of Heart & Lung Transplant for worldwide bench marking.

The Papworth Hospital transplant team is represented at and contributes to national and international forums and research, See Transplant support network.

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