NHS Blood and Transplant

NHSBT look after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This includes managing the donation, storage and transplantation of blood, organs, tissues, bone marrow and stems cells, and researching new treatments and processes.


Human Tissue Authority

The HTA regulate organizations that remove, store and use human tissue for research, medical treatment, post-mortem examination, education and training, and display in public. They also give approval for organ and bone marrow donations from living people.


Transplant Games

The British Transplant Games are an annual multi-sport event held over five days (Wednesday to Sunday), in different locations each year. They are open to anyone who has had an organ donation. The sports include track & field, swimming, tennis, table tennis, snooker, darts, archery, badminton, 5km walk, cycling (5 & 10km), 5-a-side football, bowls, ten pin bowling & volleyball.

Plymouth Transplant Games Team Flyer


Mayflower peer support group (Renal and Pancreas)

The patient peer support group encompasses patients of Derriford Hospital who have chronic kidney disease, are undergoing dialysis or have received a kidney or pancreas transplant together with their carers. Any age is welcome.

Mayflower peer support group leaflet


Become a peer support member

The Kidney Peer Support service involves kidney patients helping other kidney patients who are facing similar situations. It aims to give short term practical, emotional and social support to people with chronic kidney disease, their families or carers based on common experiences.

Peer Support Handbook for Plymouth


Pastoral & Spiritual Care (Chaplaincy)

Coming into hospital can often be a difficult time - both for the patient as well as their family and friends. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, via a pager through switchboard. Their role is generic for all patients, staff and visitors and includes pastoral care (a listening ear), spiritual care (to help someone try to make sense of the situation) and, only if, the patient or family wish, faith support from all major religions

Pastoral & Spiritual Care webpage

Pastoral and Spiritual Care Leaflet


Friends of Derriford Kidney Unit

The Friends of Derriford are a small charity run by patients that attend the renal department at Derriford

Their aim, through fundraising and donations, is to provide those little extras that help make any hospital stay a little more comfortable for patients. 

Who are the friends of Derriford


Support Organisations

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

This is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK. Through its unique network of 122 independently managed Carers' Centres and interactive websites,, The Trust currently provides quality information, advice and support services to almost a quarter of a million carers, including 13,000 young carers.

Transplant Support Network (TSN)

The Transplant Support Network (TSN) is the only nationwide network that supports patients, family and carers of all solid organ transplants and mechanical implants. As well as giving patients access to someone who has undergone the same transplantation process as them, it provides the same unique opportunity for the family and carers, who live through the many ups and downs before, during and after a transplant.

Donor Family Network

Supports the families of organ and tissue donors and promotes organ and tissue donation. The Donor Family Network offers a wide range of support to donor families, regardless of when donation happened or in what circumstances. The Network can be contacted by telephone 0121 357 7271 and the website address is

British Kidney Patient Association

Founded by the mother of a young kidney transplant recipient in 1975, the Association supports kidney patients’ young and old, providing advice, financial help and much needed holidays with their families. For more information, you can access their website on

National Kidney Federation

A national kidney charity run by kidney patients, for kidney patients.  The NKF has only two roles, campaigning for improvements to renal provision and treatment, and national patient support services.

The NKF also runs a FREE National Kidney Patient's helpline: 0800 169 09 36.

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