How long is the wait for a kidney?
This section provides general guidance on average waiting times, but every patient is different. Your waiting time may be much shorter or longer
- If you have a living donor, it usually takes just 3-6 months to have the required tests on you and your donor and arrange the transplant
- The average wait for a deceased donor kidney transplant in the UK is 2-3 years
- There are many factors that can influence how long you might wait for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor
Receiving a kidney from a living donor
If you’ve found a potential living donor, the average wait for a kidney transplant from them is usually 3-6 months if everything goes smoothly.
This is a much faster process than receiving a kidney from a deceased donor. During these 3-6 months (on average), you and your living donor will have lots of tests. These are to make sure you are fit enough for a transplant and your donor is fit enough to donate a kidney.
Receiving a kidney from a deceased donor
The average wait for a deceased donor kidney transplant in the UK is 2-3 years.
Some patients wait much longer than average, some wait a shorter time. To receive a kidney from a deceased donor, you will need to go on the transplant waiting list.