Ann Marsden and Rhian Cooke are based at the University Hospital of Wales, and their role is to raise awareness of living kidney donation as a treatment option with renal patients and their families, as well as amongst the multidisciplinary team.
This is important as the number of patients waiting for kidney transplants is increasing, but the number of organs available remains steady. Living donation attempts to address the shortfall of organs available for transplantation.
It is generally accepted that transplantation from a living donor offers the best treatment option for patients with renal failure. The co-ordinators support all potential kidney donors throughout the process, ensuring they have all the information they need to make an informed choice.
Rhian is also responsible for the Blood Group (ABO) and Human Leucocyte Antigen (HLA) incompatible programme. This means that a patient with a potential donor, who is either blood group or tissue type incompatible with them, might be able to have additional treatment to ’desensitise’ them to enable them to receive an incompatible kidney transplant.