Heart transplants in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017/18

Number of heart transplants in the United kingdom (UK) in the year to March 2018*

by Conor Stewart, last edited Jun 4, 2019
Heart transplants in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017/18 191 heart transplants were performed in the United Kingdom in 2017/18, not including heart-lung transplants. The bulk of heart transplants in this year took place in England at 164 procedures. Whereas sixteen were performed in Scotland, eight in Northern Ireland and only three in Wales.
The heart transplant waiting list

At the end of the period 2017/18, there were still 276 patients on the heart transplant waiting list in the UK, 228 of which were in England. Additionally, in this year, 16 patients died in the UK while on the organ transplant list waiting for a heart, while another four died while requiring a heart-lung transplant. Not all hearts that are offered for donation can be used. For example, in this year, 215 hearts were not used for organ donation because the donor was too old.

Activity compared to the rest of Europe

The UK has a relatively low rate of heart transplants compared to other European Union nations. With a rate of 2.9 heart transplants per million population in 2017, this was ranked as the nineteenth highest in the EU. Slovenia had the highest heart transplant rate in 2017 with 11.4 procedures per million.
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Number of heart transplants in the United kingdom (UK) in the year to March 2018*

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Country of residenceNumber of transplants
England164
Wales3
Scotland16
Northern Ireland8
Country of residenceNumber of transplants
England164
Wales3
Scotland16
Northern Ireland8
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by Conor Stewart, last edited Jun 4, 2019
191 heart transplants were performed in the United Kingdom in 2017/18, not including heart-lung transplants. The bulk of heart transplants in this year took place in England at 164 procedures. Whereas sixteen were performed in Scotland, eight in Northern Ireland and only three in Wales.
The heart transplant waiting list

At the end of the period 2017/18, there were still 276 patients on the heart transplant waiting list in the UK, 228 of which were in England. Additionally, in this year, 16 patients died in the UK while on the organ transplant list waiting for a heart, while another four died while requiring a heart-lung transplant. Not all hearts that are offered for donation can be used. For example, in this year, 215 hearts were not used for organ donation because the donor was too old.

Activity compared to the rest of Europe

The UK has a relatively low rate of heart transplants compared to other European Union nations. With a rate of 2.9 heart transplants per million population in 2017, this was ranked as the nineteenth highest in the EU. Slovenia had the highest heart transplant rate in 2017 with 11.4 procedures per million.
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