At the transplant centre

Find out about getting admitted to hospital for heart transplant surgery and when you can go home

Key points

  • If you receive an offer of a heart, you will be asked to come to the transplant centre
  • Tests will be done to see if the heart is suitable
  • Heart transplant surgery takes about 4-6 hours
  • Most patients need to stay in hospital for at least 14-21 days

Writing to your donor’s family

After a heart transplant, many patients like to write to their donor’s family. Please speak to the nurses and doctors looking after you to get advice on how to do this.

Guidance on writing to your donor's family

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