St James Hospital, Leeds, United Kingdom

Location: Beckett Street, LEEDS, West Yorkshire, LS9 7TF

The Leeds Liver Unit offers services in all aspects of liver transplantation from assessment through to long-term post-transplant care. It is one of 6 centres in England commissioned by NHS-England. The first liver transplant in Leeds was carried out by Professor Geoffrey Giles in 1986. The program has grown since then and is now the 3rd largest in the UK. Our centre serves patients from across the North of England, and works closely with our referring hospital teams.

In 2007 we became the first liver transplant program to provide live donor transplantation for NHS patients.

The transplant team is multi-disciplinary, and includes hepatologists, transplant surgeons and anaesthetists as well as other professionals such as our ward nursing team, liver transplant co-ordinators, dieticians, pharmacists, specialist nurses in alcohol and substance misuse, physiotherapists, social worker and many others, including our administrative teams. As a teaching hospital and specialised unit, we have an important role in teaching medical students, and training doctors at all stages in specialist aspects of liver transplant medicine and surgery. The team holds a large multidisciplinary meeting each week.

We are a member of the Northern Liver Alliance, a partnership between the Leeds Liver Unit and the transplant programs in Newcastle and the Scottish Liver Unit in Edinburgh, for the benefit of our patients.

The unit works collaboratively with several organisations including NHS Blood and Transplant, our regulatory body, and complies with nationally agreed standards for assessment and registration of patients on the liver transplant waiting list.


Dr Giles Toogood

Transplant Post:

1 x Liver post

Organ Details:

Liver Transplantation

Opportunities on the Unit:

Excellent training opportunity for fellows interested in liver transplantation and HPB Surgery. Currently this unit has 15 HPB and Transplant Surgeons. Last year they performed approximately 150 liver transplants, 200 kidney transplants and attended 300 deceased donor retrievals. There is therefore a good volume of work. There are however a large number of trainees of various levels (registrars, fellows, senior fellows etc.), however current trainee interviewed seemed satisfied with level of exposure.

There are regular teaching sessions and meetings with the Transplant and HPB units. Audit process is robust.

The unit has a high output encompassing all aspects of transplantation.