Our transplant team celebrates a special milestone in renal care

3000 kidney transplants at RPA

July 2019

Our transplant team celebrates a special milestone in renal care

Our transplant team celebrates a special milestone in renal care

The first kidney transplant was performed at RPA in 1967. At the time, the hospital had a two-bed renal ward and one dedicated nurse per shift.

This month, the transplant team performed the 3000th and 3001st kidney transplants. RPA has a 24-bed transplant unit supported by 50 outpatient staff and a team of world-renowned physicians, surgeons and nurses.

In the 52 years since renal services began at RPA, the hospital has become a world-leading transplant centre. In the early years, only about 10 patients a year received transplants.

Last year, the team achieved a record 135 transplants and outcomes for recipients are among the best in the world.

Patients transplanted at RPA have a 98 per cent probability of surviving the first year after transplantation, and of these, 98 per cent will have a functioning kidney and be free from dialysis.

This success is due to RPA’s team-based approach, where transplant physicians, surgeons, nurses, allied health and administrative teams work in a collaborative and consultative environment.

To celebrate the 3000 transplant milestone, transplant staff shared a cake shaped like a kidney, made by our director of kidney transplantation Associate Professor Kate Wyburn.

And the history of providing care for people with kidney disease at RPA, beginning with short-term peritoneal dialysis in the early 1960s, has been reproduced in a large history wall that adorns the new home of Kidney Centre RPA in the Professor Marie Bashir Centre.

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