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Opening of the UK’s only Institute of Transplantation

Newcastle Hospitals is delighted to announce that the Freeman Hospital’s Institute of Transplantation will be officially opened at a special ceremony this week, by two of the world’s true pioneers in the field of transplantation:

Sir Roy Calne, who performed the first liver transplant in Europe in 1968 followed by the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant in 1987; and Professor John Wallwork, CBE, who performed Europe’s first successful heart-lung transplant in 1984.

Also in attendance will be the Rt Hon Mr Nick Brown, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne East, who ‘cut the turf’ for the Institute’s construction site nearly four years ago in October 2009. At the time he said: “If you need an organ transplant, there is no better place to live than Tyneside. I am really proud of the work done at the Freeman Hospital. The new facility is going to be world class and will underpin Newcastle’s standing in the medical world.”

The Opening Ceremony is part of a major Symposium with a number of eminent clinicians visiting from all over the UK leading on lectures covering the history of transplantation, current clinical activity and research in Newcastle, and the future of transplant surgery.

Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive explains: “We are extremely proud of the Institute of Transplantation here in Newcastle – the first centre of its kind dedicated solely to the provision and advancement of solid organ transplant surgery for those whose lives depend on it. To have such distinguished guests to help us celebrate the official opening is a great honour for the NHS here in the North East of England.”


Media colleagues are invited to attend the opening ceremony to be held in the main atrium of the Institute of Transplantation.

Date: Friday 27 September 2013

Time: 12.15pm in readiness for the official ceremony at 12:30pm followed by interviews and photo opportunities

Please advise of intention to attend.

For further information:

  • Lynn Watson, Marketing Projects Lead, tel: 0191 223 1543
  • Pam Yanez, Directorate Manager for the Institute of Transplantation, 0191 244 8298 or  0191 213 7661

Notes for Editors:

  1. The Institute of Transplantation is the first centre of its kind in the UK, dedicated solely to the provision and advancement of solid organ transplantation.
  2. Transplantation began in Newcastle in the mid-60s when renal surgeons carried out their first kidney transplants at the Newcastle General Hospital.
  3. Since this time the Newcastle Hospitals have performed over 6,500 solid organ transplants including:
  • Around 800 liver transplants
  • Around 4,000 kidney transplants
  • Nearly 1,000 heart transplants
  • Over 900 lung, and heart and lung transplants

Over the last 20 years clinicians in Newcastle have pioneered the development of double lung and non-heart beating lung transplant surgery and achieved:

  • The 1st successful infant heart transplant in the UK in 1987 (Kaylee Davison)
  • The 1st single lung transplant in Europe in 1987
  • The 1st double lung transplant in Europe in 1990
  • The 1st non-heart beating lung transplant in the UK in 2002

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