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Kidney-pancreas op 'not available'
[Posted: Thu 11/05/2006 www.irishhealth.com]
The only hospital in the country that offers combined kidney and pancreatic transplants, has said that it is not currently in a position to offer the operation, 'due to circumstances beyond its control'.
Beaumont Hospital in Dublin confirmed that almost 20 patients are awaiting this vital operation. It is understood that the surgeon who performs the transplants is on sick leave and it is unclear when he will return to work.
Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
The hospital said that the affected patients will remain on the waiting list for kidney transplants. It 'would then expect to offer pancreas after kidney transplants, where appropriate, at a later stage'.
A large number of those on the waiting list have kidney failure as a result of diabetes.
The hospital admitted that the 'preferred option' is to offer a combined transplant to those for whom it is appropriate. However, it added, 'for the vast majority of patients with kidney failure due to diabetes, the first priority is a kidney transplant'.
Three combined kidney and pancreatic transplants were carried out at Beaumont last year.
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