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Hospital’s Liver Unit approved as part of specialist European network

Members of Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Liver team

Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s world renowned Liver Unit has received further international recognition after being named as part of a specialist European network for the treatment of rare conditions.

The work of its team of experts, led by Professor Deirdre Kelly CBE, who set up the specialist unit in 1989, has been recognised by the European Commission who approved the hospitals as part of a new reference network.

Working with partners across the continent, its team will share knowledge and clinical expertise and be a platform for research collaboration to improve the treatment of rare liver conditions and save lives.

The hospital, which pioneered the country’s first ever infant liver transplantation in 1989, has helped transform survival rates for young people surviving transplantation operations from 40% at that time to around 90% today.

From its beginnings with just two beds the dedicated unit, which also led on the first ever infant liver and small bowel transplantation in 1993, it’s now one of the busiest in the world; enjoying a global reputation for excellence.

Professor Kelly CBE, who now leads a multi-disciplinary team of more than 50 physicians, surgeons, nurses and allied health professionals, said:

“I’m delighted that Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been approved to be part of the new European Reference Network. It’s pleasing that the work of our Liver Unit has received such recognition – the only paediatric Liver Unit in the UK to have achieved this.

“We look forward to working with colleagues across the continent in sharing knowledge and building further understanding about rare liver conditions that could help save more lives in the future.”
 

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