What's new on Twitter
- Very moving letter from a father to his daughter, a non-directed kidney donor in today's Guardian:... http://t.co/EWEiqgpuwG
- RT @drdianebarker: Delighted and humbled to meet an altruistic kidney donor today. Amazing story, thank you for sharing. @Giveakidney
- Well done Liverpool! This is great news for future transplant recipients. http://t.co/aho5ULF3we http://t.co/WshZJXLo4F
- http://t.co/5s2DaNuH6p http://t.co/IF9vjcPZIa
- Tomorrow we'll be at the National Kidney Federation conference in Blackpool. Will any of our followers be there?... http://t.co/QUoqRQNDXf
Latest statistics from NHSBT – 13 more non-directed kidney donations during August. The total so far to end August 2014 is 336! Click on the graph to see a larger version.
We aim to publicise why more living kidney donors are needed and to support people who are considering this type of donation.
Patients with kidney failure have the option of dialysis or transplantation when both their kidneys fail. A kidney transplant can provide patients with freedom from regular dialysis, a better quality of life and longer life expectancy. Unfortunately, very few patients have someone who can give them a kidney, and on average most patients have to wait on dialysis for two to three years before a kidney becomes available on the national deceased donor transplant waiting list.
Although the UK performs more than 2500 kidney transplantations a year, there are around 6000 people waiting for a kidney transplant, and around 300 people in the UK die each year in need of a kidney.
Despite the shortage of donors, we know that many people would be willing to donate a kidney if they knew how to do so.
Our aim is to raise awareness of kidney donation and support people through the giving process.