Kidney Donation

​The Department of Nephrology co-ordinates the medical and surgical assessment of patients who are being considered for a kidney transplant.

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Kidney Transplantation

For nearly thirty years, people suffering from kidney failure have had two options for life sustaining treatment - either have dialysis (a process that removes waste products and fluids that healthy kidneys remove from the blood stream.) or have a kidney transplant.

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Kidney Donation from a living donor

The prospect of a long wait on the transplant list often leads patients, their family and friends to think about the possibility of a transplant from a living donor. There are many issues to think through. Most patients are hesitant about asking a family member or friend to consider donating a kidney. Family members and friends may be concerned about the risks involved. However the thought that a successful transplant may be possible is often a strong incentive for many to consider making a kidney donation. In 1999 14 patients received a single kidney, in Christchurch hospital, from a relative, partner or friend.

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Which patients are assessed for a kidney transplant?

Most patients who have irreversible kidney failure can be considered for a transplant. They must be in relatively good health and willing to undergo assessment.

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Contact information

For information on organ donation phone: 0800 4 DONOR

or visit: www.donor.co.nz
or email: donornz@adhb.govt.nz 

For information on live donation contact:

The Transplant Co-ordinator
Department of Nephrology
Private Bag 4710
Christchurch Hospital
Phone: 03 364 1041
Email: kidney@cdhb.health.nz  

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Kidney Transplant

People suffering from kidney failure have the option, if a suitable match is found, for a kidney transplant.

Kidney Donation from a living donor

The Department of Nephrology co-ordinates the assessments of potential living donors for potential recipients.

Page last reviewed: 01 November 2016
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