The Heart and Lung Transplantation Unit undertakes surgery for people whose heart or lungs are failing and whose quality of life have been seriously affected by their condition. As the national centre for heart and lung transplants, the Mater sees patients from all over Ireland.
The staff assess patients for the suitability for transplantation and are involved in finding suitable organs for transplant. The team is made up of surgeons and cardiologists, as well as physiotherapists, nurses and social workers, highlighting that care doesn’t just end after surgery, but continues for a long time in recuperation.
In 2015, 16 heart and 36 lung transplants took place at the Mater Hospital, but there is still a very real need to keep the unit at the forefront of medical developments that always better care for patients. In 2016, there were 13 heart and 24 lung transplants.
The Mater Foundation – through the generosity of our supporters – helps support the Heart and Lung Transplantation Programme and the National Centre for Cardiothoracic Surgery.
This includes investing in specialist pieces of equipment for the unit, helping access to essential training and education, and improving patient supports throughout their time in the hospital. Some examples are:
8 exercise bikes that aid a speedy recovery after transplant
A special seating system in the unit that helps a patient exercise by providing a place to rest on the corridors
Phlebotomy chairs which make sure patients are comfortable when their bloods are being taken
Staff training and education courses including an enhanced recovery programme that helps ensure patients are on the fastest road to recovery
Assessment scales and equipment that allow staff to determine whether a patient is suitable for transplant
The Heart and Lung Transplantation Unit wants to continue providing world-class care in a comfortable environment for those that are often very worried and going through a difficult time in their lives.
Why not take a look at some Ways to Support the unit continue its remarkable care for pre- and post-transplant patients? You can also Donate directly to the unit through our website.