Liver transplant statistics

There were 1043 deceased donor liver transplants performed in 2017/18.

Overall, the number of liver transplants increased by 6.4% between 2016/17 and 2017/18.

The number of patients on the waiting list for a liver transplant on 31 March 2018 was 359, a decrease of 41% from 2015. Currently the average waiting time for a transplant is 135 days, though this depends on the type of liver disease you have, the availability of the right size organs, and your blood type.

Data from Public Health England shows that there has been a 53% fall in liver transplant registrations for post-HCV cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) since 2014. This is likely due to more effective medicine which successfully clears the virus in 95% of cases, and more people being treated.

There has also been a 13% fall in deaths caused by HCV-related end-stage liver disease (ESLD) and HCC from 2015 to 2017.

For more information please see NHS Blood and Transplant Annual Report on Liver Transplantation and Public Health England’s page on hepatitis C data.