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Information for kidney transplant patients

Kidney Transplant Clinics and COVID-19 (coronavirus): Information for patients

Page updated: 21/12/2021

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are reducing the number of people coming into the hospital for transplant clinic outpatient appointments to reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus.

We are currently seeing patients in transplant clinic in person where this is needed. If you are asked to and are able, please attend transplant clinic in person.

We know that you may be worried about coming to the hospital for your clinic appointment. We have made changes to clinic to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Please wear a face mask to clinic.

When you arrive in clinic we will take your temperature, provide you with a face mask if you don’t have one, and ask if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, like a cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, loss or changes to your smell or taste or a high temperature. We have increased the distance between seats in the waiting area and our one-way system reduces the need to pass other people in clinic.

Clinic appointments are held at the Liz Baker renal unit in Morriston Hospital. You should arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time. This time is scheduled for your safety. Please do not enter the unit more than 10 minutes before your appointment time.

Please contact our transplant nurse specialist if you are unable to attend clinic in person, or if you have any questions or concerns about attending in person.

Wherever possible, we request that patients are not accompanied by a relative to the outpatient appointment. You are welcome to bring your relative to the door, but we would be grateful if they could return to the car to wait.

What happens after my transplant clinic appointment?

We will send your next appointment letter in the post. We will contact you if any changes are needed. If you have registered for PatientView, you will be able to check your blood results and doses of your anti-rejection medicines online.

How do I receive my anti-rejection medication?

If you are attending the Liz Baker renal unit for an in-person appointment or for a blood test, you will be able to collect your anti-rejection medication from the renal pharmacy at the same time. 

If you, a friend, family member or carer are attending the Liz Baker renal unit to collect medication only, please do not come into the Liz Baker renal unit on arrival. Instead, ring 01792 531297 and a member of the pharmacy team will come outside with your medication. Please ring the renal pharmacy if you would prefer to collect your medication from your nearest district general hospital.  

If you receive your anti-rejection medication from the local pharmacy on a green community prescription issued by the renal unit, this will continue.

Contact information:

  • Transplant Nurse Specialist: Telephone 01792 545773
  • Liz Baker renal unit reception: Telephone 01792 703395
  • General medication enquiries: Telephone 01792 531293
  • COVID-19 medication enquiries and on arrival in Morriston Hospital to collect dialysis supplies or mediation: Telephone 01792 531297
  • Renal pharmacy SMS text message: 07860017368
  • Renal pharmacy email: abm.renalmedicinesService@wales.nhs.uk

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