Heart Transplant

Referral and Listing:

If you are a physician and feel that your patient has end-stage organ disease and could benefit from an additional assessment, you may refer him or her for a consultation with London Health Science Centre's Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP). Patients may be referred from the London region, the province of Ontario, or from across Canada.

Please note: As a result of the ongoing shortage of donated organs, the Multi-Organ Transplant Program can only offer transplantation services to patients who are full-time residents of Canada (Canadian citizens or those with landed immigrant status). Patients should have current coverage with a provincial health insurance plan such as OHIP, or coverage through the Interim Federal Health Program.

If you are a physician with a patient who might benefit from heart transplantation, please fax the following information to the Cardiac Transplant Team at 519-663-3858:

  • summary of patient’s illness and past medical history, investigations and laboratory results
  • patient demographics, including health card, address & phone number

We will have one of our transplant cardiologists review the information and make arrangements to schedule either an initial clinic visit with the cardiologist or schedule an inpatient assessment, which will be done over about a week.

If the patient is in a hospital or very ill, please contact the on-call cardiologist at 519-685-8500 to discuss possible transfer to London Health Sciences Centre. The following are guidelines and listing guidelines and a standard referral form as developed by Ontario's Trillium Gift of Life Network and Ontario's Heart Transplant Programs.


Medication Information:

The following include information sheets for all common transplant medications used at LHSC. Recipients are provided with this information following their transplant. The LHSC Transplant Pharmacist is available to answer any further questions and can be contacted by email at transplantmeds@lhsc.on.ca. For urgent issues, any member of the team can be contacted through the hospital switchboard, 519-685-8500.


Patient Resources:

The following are some of the resources provided to LHSC heart transplant recipients during their assessment, waiting and post-operative transplant periods. A list of all patient resources can be found under Patient Resources.