​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​When You Are Called In​

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Once your kidney transplant evaluation​ is complete, you are placed on the kidney transplant waiting list. When a kidney becomes available, you will receive a call from a Transplant Coordinator. The call for a transplant may come at any time of the day or night.

The transplant coordinator on-call will ask you a few questions:

  • How are you feeling?
  • Do you have any symptoms of a cold or fever?
  • Have you had any recent procedures, blood transfusions, or infections?
  • Are you taking any antibiotics?
  • Are you on any blood thinners?
  • When was your last dialysis session?

If there are no concerns about your current health, the transplant coordinator will ask you to come to the hospital as soon as possible.  We expect you to arrive at the hospital within 2 hours after you are called in for a kidney transplant.  The transplant coordinator will tell you where to go once you arrive at the hospital.  Do not eat or drink from this time on.

  • Time is critical when your kidney becomes available. The transplant coordinator will call all your contact numbers repeatedly for 1 hour. Messages will be left where answering machines are available. If they cannot reach you, another organ recipient must be chosen.
  • If you are unable to reach the person who pages or calls you, contact the ​Transplant Inpatient Unit​ at 416 340 5163; ask to speak to the charge nurse.
  • If you refuse to come in when called for transplant, you will immediately be placed on hold and we must contact your transplant coordinator to discuss your situation.

​What should I bring when I am called in?
  • Your health card (OHIP card). If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport.
  • Any other insurance cards. You will need the policy number of your extended health insurance, if you have any.
  • Your spouse/partner, a trusted friend or family member.
  • ​​Your medications.
What if I am called in as a back-up?

​In some cases, you may be called in as a back-up. This happens when there is a chance that the primary person will not receive the kidney. Whenever possible, we will try to have you stay at home during this waiting period. If tests show that the primary person on the list is not a good match, then you, as the back-up, will be given the kidney.

Is there a chance my transplant will be cancelled?

Yes. Your surgery can be cancelled for many reasons:

  • Donor kidneys are found unsuitable
  • An unsuitable match between you and your donor
  • Your health status may have changed and you may not be able to have surgery at this time

You and your family may feel shock, disappointment, and sadness when this happens. All of these feelings are normal. You should call your transplant coordinator​ to talk about any concerns you have about a cancellation.

You are still on the transplant waiting list and now know what to expect the next time you are called in.​