Dear Colleagues,

As a member of the Irish Nephrology Nurses Association you are invited to complete this survey ( < 10 minutes) in order to provide us with your opinion on the inclusion of “lifestyle risk” kidney donors to the National Kidney Transplant programme as part of the study: Attitudes on the use of “lifestyle risk” kidney donors: A survey of patients and staff in Nephrology services in the Republic of Ireland.

Click on the following link for the survey:

“In 2019, 153 kidney transplants were performed at the National Kidney Transplant Service in Beaumont Hospital. Over 462 patients remain on the waiting list which is over two and half times larger than the supply of donor kidneys in the Republic of Ireland.

A “Lifestyle Risk Donor” is a donor that does not meet all the social and medical criteria (from the point of view of possible recent exposure to blood borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C) required for organ donation. In Ireland, it is estimated that approximately 34 potential donors were not used last year due to this concern.”

Click here to download the participant information leaflet and do not hesitate to contact me if any further queries.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Eileen Sweeney
Specialist Registrar in Infectious Diseases