Welcome to the Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP) at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Canada. This website provides information about the donation and transplantation process in London and the surrounding area.
The MOTP is one of the leading transplant programs in Canada, performing about 200 transplants annually. More than 6,000 Canadians have received transplants, including kidney, liver, heart, kidney-pancreas, pancreas, and multi-organ transplantation.
The London region has one of the highest organ donation rates across all of Canada. Yet, in order to continue helping our patients, we need to continue increasing public commitment to discuss organ donation wishes with family members and also register consent through Service Ontario: https://beadonor.ca/lhsc.
Just one organ donor can save up to eight lives, but at any given time there are more than 1,500 people in Ontario waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and every three days one of them dies while waiting. The green ribbon is the international symbol to show support for organ donation and transplantation.
Important Information for Patients on LHSC Transplant Waiting Lists or Being Assessed at LHSC for a Transplant:
As you know, COVID-19 is currently a major public health problem. Transplant patients are at a higher risk than the general public of becoming very ill or dying from COVID-19 if they become infected. After transplant, transplant patients have a much lower response to the COVID-19 vaccine than the general public because of the anti-rejection drugs. Therefore, it is very important for your health and the best chance for success after transplant that you get your vaccine before your transplant. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It has been given to millions of people including those waiting for transplants. For these reasons, the Multi Organ Transplant Program at LHSC has a procedure requiring patients to have at least two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine before they are active on the transplant waiting list. You will be asked for proof of vaccine – a copy of your vaccine receipt can be emailed to your Transplant Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not vaccinated, you will be placed on hold until one week after your second dose. Every patient case is unique and we know that there may be situations where you are not able to get the vaccine. These include medical exemptions, the need for urgent transplant or other specific situations. Exemptions to this are the same as those recommended by the Ontario Ministry of Health and will be considered on a case by case basis and must be approved by your Transplant Team. If you think that you qualify for an exemption, you need to discuss this with your Transplant Team.
Important Information for Our Recipients:
updated 2021 Sep 21
As you may have heard in the news, Ontario has announced that vulnerable individuals including organ transplant recipients will be eligible to receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccination. The LHSC Transplant Physicians, Surgeons and Infectious Diseases Specialists all recommend receiving a third dose. Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) also recommends the 3rd dose for immunocompromised individuals including transplant recipients.
What are Health Units in Ontario doing? With your help, we would like to let our recipients across the province know how to get their dose locally if possible. Please let us know about your region. Email - email@example.com
Finally and most importantly, please remember to continue to practice safe COVID-19 preventative measures including physical distancing, mask wearing while indoors and hand washing. Please stay safe!
Please do not hesitate to contact your transplant team if you have any questions or concerns.
If you are an LHSC transplant recipient and would like to be notified by email as soon as we have new information, please provide your name, type of organ transplant and preferred email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LHSC Transplant Program Resources:
New!!! - The Great Lake Swim
Congratulations to Jillian Best, liver transplant recipient - successful in her swim across Lake Ontario!!!
August 3, 2021 - As London's Damien Warner had the eyes of the world on him with the start of his successful quest for Olympic gold in the decathlon, London's Jillian Best set out to conquer her own challenge with the support of family, friends and staff. Setting off from the shores of Niagara on the Lake and completing her 52km swim across Lake Ontario the next day, Jillian was successful in both her missions: raising awareness about organ donation and transplantation and raising funds for the LHSC Transplant Program. You can read more about Jill's story on the Move for Life Foundation website.
If Jill’s story inspires you, please consider supporting this worthwhile cause by donating. Go here to donate.
In the News
London hospital: Transplant patients now must have full COVID vaccination (London Free Press 2021 Oct 27)
The London hospital team cleared to fly hours after the 9/11 attacks (London Free Press 2021 Sep 11)
Jillian Best of London, Ont. looks to 2022 after fundraising swim across Lake As e Ontario (Global News, 2021 Aug 6)
Liver transplant recipient trains for fundraising swim across Lake Ontario (CBC News 2021 May 11)
London transplant recipient to swim Lake Ontario in give-back fundraiser (London Free Press 2021 May 9)