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Heart transplants in the United Kingdom (UK) 2019/20

173 heart transplants were performed in the United Kingdom in 2019/18, not including heart-lung transplants. The bulk of heart transplants in this year took place in England at 148 procedures. Scotland had thirteen heart transplants performed, followed by Wales with four procedures and three in Northern Ireland.

The heart transplant waiting list

At the end of the period 2019/20, there were still 335 patients on the heart transplant waiting list in the UK, 281 of which were in England. Additionally, in this year, 20 patients died in the UK while on the organ transplant list waiting for a heart, while another died while requiring a heart-lung transplant. Not all hearts that are offered for donation can be used. For example, in this year, 242 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.

Number of heart transplants in the United Kingdom (UK) in the year to March 2020*

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

Year ending March 31, 2020

Supplementary notes

* Excludes heart-lung transplant

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