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How we help

We look at all possible ways to inform and equip

FAQ's

Some of the main questions people ask

When was the first transplant?

A cornea was first transplanted in 1905. Blood transfusion became established in 1918 and the first successful kidney transplant was in 1954. The first heart transplant took place in 1967.

Why do we need to agree to become donors?

Because in the United Kingdom organs from a potential donor cannot be taken for transplantation without the relatives’ permission.

Can't they keep you alive with machines?

Machines can keep the blood circulating after death and this allows organs to be used for transplantation, but a patient who is brain-stem dead cannot recover.

Organ Donation

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Anyone can be a volunteer

There are Northern Ireland Kidney research Fund Groups throughout Northern Ireland all of which operate on a totally voluntary semi autonomous basis.

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Latest News/Events

All the recent news from us and upcoming events

EXPLORE & ENGAGE with the Renal Arts Group

18th October 2021

The Renal Arts Group has organised a series of visits to museums and galleries across Northern Ireland to raise awareness and to support the mental wellbeing of the renal community.

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EXPLORE & ENGAGE with the Renal Arts Group

18th October 2021

The Renal Arts Group has organised a series of visits to museums and galleries across Northern Ireland to raise awareness and to support the mental wellbeing of the renal community.

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EXPLORE & ENGAGE with the Renal Arts Group

18th October 2021

The Renal Arts Group has organised a series of visits to museums and galleries across Northern...

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Statutory opt-out system for organ donation in Northern Ireland

11th February 2021

Launched by the Health Minister Robin Swann on Organ Donation Discussion Day (11 December) the...

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EXPLORE & ENGAGE with the Renal Arts Group

18th October 2021

The Renal Arts Group has organised a series of visits to museums and galleries across Northern...

Read More >

Statutory opt-out system for organ donation in Northern Ireland

11th February 2021

Launched by the Health Minister Robin Swann on Organ Donation Discussion Day (11 December) the...

Read More >

NI COVID - TRANSPLANT STORY

19th January 2021

NI COVID-Transplant story At the end of 2019, we heard of a viral infection in an unknown...

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