Work begins on transplant centre
Construction has begun on the new King’s College Hospital in Dubai, which will offer patients liver transplants from live donors for the first time. The 100-bed centre is located in Dubai Hills, which is part of the new Mohammed bin Rashid City, located off Al Khail Road. It is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. A statement said transplants “will be in the form of living-related transplants, meaning that the corresponding liver donor is a relative of the patient”. The statement continued: “Patients in the UAE, who may be affected by severe liver failure, will thus be given a renewed life opportunity in their home country. In the near future, this specialised surgery will also help address the unmet needs of the wider GCC.” King’s went on to say that in 2013 6 per cent of all GCC patients travelled who travelled abroad for treatment were seeking transplant care. Prof Nigel Heaton, Consultant Liver Transplant Surgeon, said ties between King’s College Hospital and the UAE stem back to 1979 when the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan made a major donation to help found its liver research centre in London.