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National Organ Transplant Unit


Core Function
The National Organ Transplant Unit provides a continuous, comprehensive and state of the art surgical support to the National Renal Programme.

Target Group
Available to any citizen of Trinidad and Tobago who is in need of a kidney or cornea transplant at no cost to the donor or recipient of the procedure.

About the National Organ Transplant Unit
The National Organ Transplant Unit is located on the Ground Floor, Building 8, of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. The Unit was established in January 2006 with a mandate to facilitate the safe and equitable transplantation of organs and tissue to patients living with organ failure in accordance with internationally acceptable standards.

Trinidad and Tobago is currently the only Caribbean country that has the appropriate legislation that allows transplants to be performed and the only Caribbean country performing the same in a structured manner.

How do I access the services offered by the National Organ Transplant Unit?
A potential recipient must be referred to the National Organ Transplant Unit by a Consultant Nephrologist in order to receive a kidney transplant. At the present time this can be best expedited if the recipient has identified a donor. A donor is any person over the age of 18, who has a compatible blood group with the recipient, who has been medically, psychologically and socially cleared to do this altruistic act. The donor as well needs to bring a referral from his/her General Practitioner. To become an organ donor call the National Organ Transplant Unit. Any person over the age of 18 can choose to become a donor.

What kinds of transplants does the programme cover?
The organs and tissue that the Unit transplants are the kidney and cornea respectively. However, until the Eye Bank is established, corneal grafts have to be imported from the U.S.A. and this does not make this operation readily available to everyone.

What has the programme accomplished since its inception?
Since the start of the programme in January 2006 ninety five (95) kidney transplants have been done. Ninety –two have been live related and unrelated and three from deceased donation.

Living Donors vs Deceased Donation
Donation from deceased persons is the campaign that the unit is pursuing aggressively, since donation from deceased donors would greatly augment our Donor Pool.  Only deceased donors can be considered as corneal donors.  In addition, a single deceased donor can provide relief to two persons living with Kidney failure. 

Several authors have reviewed the long-term consequences of living with one kidney.  The consensus states that there are no significant long-term medical problems.  Nevertheless the issue of performing surgery on a live person, when the operation would not be improving their physical well-being would be avoided.

There will never be sufficient live donors to supply the increasing demands for kidneys and corneas.  Without donors, no transplants can occur. In an effort to expand the donor pool, people are encouraged to sign an Organ Donor Card, carry it with them at all times and speak to their family, particularly their next of kin about their wishes at the time of their passing.

Contact Us
The Staff at the National Organ Transplant Unit, comprising of a Medical Director, Surgeon, two (2) Medical Social Workers, two (2) Transplant coordinators, an Office Manager and a Receptionist are available to answer any questions about organ donation, Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00p.m. The telephone contact numbers are (868)-662-7556 or (868)-645-2640, Ext 2580 or 800-DONOR (3666)

Become an Organ Donor, Give life! 

Click here to download the Donor Application Form

  1. Download the form
  2. Print and fill out the form
  3. Submit the form:
    • By hand at the National Organ Transplant Unit, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
    • Fax: (868)-662-7556
    • Scan and email to:



Updates and Further Information:

Kidney Recipient Support Group – Celebrating the gift of life
The Kidney Recipient Support Group of Trinidad and Tobago honoured all donors in a special Appreciation Ceremony and Christmas dinner on Sunday 16 December 2012 at the Rooftop Restaurant, EWMSC.  A fun time washad by all who were treated to a live music band and other entertainment.


Transplant Procurement Management (TPM) Course
In keeping with the National Organ Transplant Unit’s continued and sustained efforts to create an Organ Donation and Transplantation Network in Trinidad & Tobago, TPM in collaboration with Donation and Transplant Institute (DTI) held an Intermediate Training Course in Transplant Coordination.

This course was held in Tobago from 16-18 October 2012 for thirty (30) participants. The objective of the training was to strengthen at a national level the already established deceased donation system at the San Fernando and Port of Spain General Hospitals.

The training facilitated the means for the development of the entire deceased donation process in the country which can directly impact the lives of hundreds of patients who undergo dialysis in Trinidad and Tobago.

Staff of the National Organ Transplant Unit at the launch of the Donor Programme

Launch of the National Organ Donor Programme

Read about the formal launch of the National Organ Transplant Programme held in early 2007.



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