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National Pancreas Transplant Programme

St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) was established as the home of the National Pancreas Transplant Programme in 2016.

We provide a consultant led pancreas transplant service for those patients with type 1 diabetes.  Patients who require a simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant are cared for in SVUH by a multidisciplinary team which combines the expertise of the surgical team in SVUH with the renal transplant team from Beaumont Hospital.

The programme starts with referral of the potential recipient and follows through assessment and decision making to listing and waiting for a suitable organ, transplantation and post-operative follow up.

Pancreas transplantation is a highly specialised procedure that was first performed in the USA in 1966 with the objective of replacing the need for insulin therapy in people with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM).

Since then, Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney (SPK) transplantation has evolved including the development of new immunosuppressive therapy. This therapy is now widely accepted as an optimal therapeutic option for patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) and end-stage renal disease.


  • Assessment of patients for pancreas or pancreas and kidney transplant
  • Pancreas or pancreas and kidney transplantation

Clinical team    

Our multidisciplinary team consists of transplant surgeons, nephrologists, endocrinologists, anaesthetists, transplant coordinators and other allied health professionals.



Clinic appointments will be scheduled on an individual basis, taking into consideration the patients other hospital appointments.

Other useful contact details

  •  Pancreas Transplant Co-ordinator – Aoife Coffey
    • tel: (01) 221 3358
    • fax: (01) 221 4568
  • Pancreas Transplant Co-ordinator – Máire Ní Chinnéide 

Referral information

We accept consultant referrals to our outpatient department.

  • The pancreas referral form must be completed in full before submission and should be accompanied by all the relevant test results.
  • Once the referral has been received it will be triaged by the transplant co-ordinators and an out-patient appointment will be forwarded to the patient accompanied by a schedule for some additional tests.
  • Following this appointment, and once the additional test results are available, the patient will be discussed at the pancreas transplant multi-disciplinary team meeting. The outcome of this meeting will be communicated to the patient and the referring consultant.
  • Patients who are going on the transplant waiting list will be invited to attend an information session and a surgical consent clinic to discuss the risks and benefits of surgery and to discuss donor-related issues.

Please complete the referral document below and forward with the required test results to:

The Pancreatic Transplant Co-ordinators
St. Vincent’s University Hospital
Elm Park
Dublin 4

Referral Documents

Useful links


tel:      (01) 221 3358
fax:     (01) 221 4568


St. Rita’s Building
St. Vincent’s University Hospital
Elm Park
Dublin 4