Multi-Organ Transplant Program

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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 Our Recipients:

Organ transplant recipients are eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. In addition, one (1) primary essential caregiver is also eligible to receive the vaccine. Primary essential caregivers are individuals who provide regular and sustained assistance with personal care and/or activities of daily living.

LHSC has mailed out vaccination booking instructions for Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) to all recipients being followed by our Transplant Program. If you do not live in MLHU region and it is difficult to come to the are to receive the vaccine, please contact your local public health unit or book your appointment through the provincial site.

Transplant recipients are exempt from the extended wait period between doses. Please let them know at the time of your vaccination that you are a transplant recipient and that your time period is 3-4 weeks between doses, depending on the shot you receive. The Ontario Ministry of Health has provided the following documentation: Vaccine Clinical Advisory Group (VCAG) Recommendations on Exceptions to Extended Dose Intervals for COVID-19 vaccines which states "Recommended Dose Interval: Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants) should receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the dose interval as indicated in the product monographs for COVID-19 vaccines."

Please do not hesitate to contact your transplant team if you have any questions or concerns.

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Research Study on COVID-19 Vaccines in Transplant Patients

Looking for Volunteers

We would like to inform you about a research study on COVID-19 vaccines in transplant patients.

"A Prospective study Evaluating COVID-19 Vaccine immunogenicity in Adult Organ Transplant Recipients (the PREVent-COVID study)"

This study is being conducted by Dr. Sarah Shalhoub out of the Division of Infectious Disease at London Health Sciences Centre. Study participation will last just over one year with a maximum 5 clinic visits (with blood collection) and two phone follow up calls. If possible, the first visit will be prior to your first vaccination. You are eligible to participate if:

  1. you have already received your first or both vaccination(s)
  2. you have not yet received a vaccination
  3. you have received any of the types of vaccination - Pfizer, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca

If you are planning or have received your COVID-19 vaccination and are interested in finding out more, please contact 519-685-8500 ext 34755 or email samantha.parsons@lhsc.on.ca 

Thank you.

In the News

London transplant recipient to swim Lake Ontario in give-back fundraiser (London Free Press 2021 May 9)

Live with Kelly and Ryan - Good News Story of the Day - Ontario Mom Donated Her Kidney to a Man Who Helped Her Son Become an NHL Hockey Player  (2021 April 29)

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Medication Classes

Join our Transplant Pharmacist for an online/virtual medication class. The class offers a refresher of your medications and a chance to have your questions answered. Classes are held every Wednesday at 2:00 PM. If you are interested, email us here and someone will get back to you with a link to the next class.

transplantmeds@lhsc.on.ca