STRUCTURE: South Tees Hospitals Trust has launched a dedicated assessment clinic for living kidney donors at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The new “one stop” service means fewer hospital trips for people who choose to donate a kidney to a relative or friend, and a speedier decision on whether or not they can proceed.

The service was developed as part of an NHS Kidney Care project to improve listing for transplantation.

“We have a strong kidney transplant programme at James Cook but felt we could further improve the service by looking at other organisations’ best practice and how they are doing things,” said Caroline Wroe, consultant nephrologist and clinical lead for the timely listings programme at James Cook.

“The clinic was developed to make living kidney donor work-up as efficient as possible.”