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Our Liver Unit is the UK's premier paediatric liver unit and one of the busiest in the world. Over the last 25 years over 900 paediatric liver transplants have been carried out and the team was the first to pioneer infant liver transplantation in the UK.
We have a team of 50 physicians, surgeons, nurses and allied health professionals who are world renowned for their work. We have a philosophy that focuses on children and their families, not just their disease.
Over the last quarter of a century, the percentage of children surviving liver transplants has risen from 40% to 90%. In 1993 we also went on to pioneer combined infant liver and small bowel transplantation, giving very poorly children the chance of a normal life.
The Liver Unit provides highly specialised treatment for children with liver disease and takes children from all over the UK, both as inpatients and outpatients. Children on the Unit can have problems with their kidneys and small bowels (intestines) as well as the liver itself.
The treatment found on the Unit includes liver transplant surgery and special feeding (nutrition) for children with liver disease. The doctors who work on the Unit can specialise in treating liver disease, bowel disease or nutrition. There are surgeons who specialise in working on the liver and bile duct (which takes fluid called bile from the liver into the small intestine), and in liver transplants.
A large specialised team works alongside them, including liaison nurses (whose job it is to link and support families with other staff), ward nurses, transplant coordinators (who arrange for transplants when a liver becomes available), dieticians to help with nutrition, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists and play therapists. The Unit is also supported by Radiologists (who take X-rays), Histopathologists (looking at tissue samples), anaesthetists and other specialists within the hospital.
Location and facilities
The Unit is located in Ward 8, on the first floor. There is a play room, and facilities for parents are available on the Unit.