Scotland’s only NHS Golden Jubilee heart transplant center is expanding to support more patients across Scotland than ever before.
The Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service (SNAHFS) based at the Golden Jubilee University National Hospital in Clydebank now has a second ward, which will help manage the increasing number of heart transplants after a record 40 were performed in 2022 – the highest volume provider of any UK center this year.
Several factors have contributed to this increase, including technological innovations and advances in technology, such as an organ care system („Heart in a Box“).
This allows surgeons to transplant hearts from donors who have died from circulatory death (DCD), increasing the availability of hearts for transplants and also increasing the success rate, currently at 95% for 90-day survival.
In Scotland, there has also been an increase in organ donation registrations in the past two years, following the introduction of the opt-out law change in 2021, which has raised awareness of organ donation.
In a significant year for the NHS Golden Jubilee transplant team, they also celebrated the 500th Scottish heart transplant since the introduction of heart failure treatment in the country in December 1991.
Heart transplant surgeon Simon Messer said, „We are very excited about the opening of our new ward and the expansion of the heart transplant service, as we continue to grow and evolve for patients in Scotland.“
„There are many factors why Scotland has seen an increase in heart transplants in recent years.“
„I think one of the main factors is that we have this dedicated, multidisciplinary, and highly competent team here at NHS Golden Jubilee that helps us achieve more than we could in previous years.“
This has been a remarkable year for heart transplants in Scotland. Heart transplants not only save lives, they also improve the lives of recipients who often lead a much healthier and more active lifestyle.
Our additional ward can now also help us in extending the lives of even more people in Scotland living with heart failure and potentially in need of a transplant.
However, all transplants are only made possible thanks to the generosity of organ donors and their families who selflessly supported organ donation so others can live.
Colin Gray (main image) from Inverness received a new heart last year after suffering from cardiomyopathy for 12 years and having a pacemaker implanted until he became seriously ill and was placed on the transplant list.
I am just so grateful that the people who advocated for organ donation have given me this opportunity, and I would strongly encourage everyone to do so, because it saves and changes lives.“
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