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Big regional gap in transplant waiting times

Published måndag 5 januari 2015 kl 16.27
"Stockholm has a younger population"
(5:16 min)
Två kirurger genomför en njurtransplantion. Foto: TT.
before a transplant people need to find a kidney that matches their body's needs. Photo: TT

The waiting lists for a kidney transplant vary greatly depending on what part of the country you live in. If you live in Gothenburg, you may have to wait for a year longer than if you live in Uppsala.

Per Lidner is the head of transplant unit at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and also chairman of the Swedish Transplantation Society.

He says his area is doing a huge amount of transplants, and they try to hurry along ones that are essential for patient survival, like kidney transplants.

But they depend on kidney donations from the north of Sweden, and he wants doctors there to be more aware of the importance of getting organs quickly from patients who have died in intensive care.

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