Being admitted to the transplant centre

Find out what happens when you arrive at the transplant centre for a kidney transplant

Key points

  • If you receive an offer of a deceased donor kidney, you will be asked to come to the transplant centre
  • You will have tests to make sure you’re fit enough for the operation and to check whether you have antibodies against the kidney
  • You will be told about any donor-related risks
  • Sometimes there are problems which mean the operation is unable to go ahead

What happens if you receive an offer of a kidney?

If a suitable deceased donor kidney is offered to you, your transplant team will call to discuss this with you. They may give you some medical information about your donor and discuss potential risks and benefits. If you’re happy to proceed with the possible transplant, you’ll be asked to come to the transplant centre.

We understand that this is a stressful time. Please ask if you would like to bring someone with you to the transplant centre.

Accepting or declining an offer

Sometimes an offered kidney has a higher risk of failure than you or your transplant team are willing to accept. It is up to you and your transplant team to decide whether to accept or decline an offer.

Learn more about accepting or declining offers

What happens when you arrive at the transplant centre

Reasons why the operation might not be able to go ahead

Sometimes, even if you are willing to accept the kidney, the operation cannot go ahead. This might be because:

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Medical terms explained


Antibodies are made by your immune system to help recognise and fight against ‘foreign’ substances, such as bacteria and viruses. Certain antibodies in your blood can make it more likely for your body to reject your new kidney.


Immunosuppressants are powerful medications that weaken your immune system to prevent it attacking your new organ.


Rejection is when your immune system starts to attack your transplanted organ because it doesn’t recognise it.

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