The current zonal based allocation systems for liver and cardiothoracic organs means that each designated transplant unit has a defined geographical zone associated with it. Organs from donors within that zone are allocated preferentially to the associated transplant unit to select the most appropriate candidate for transplant, with the exception of particular patients. For more information on the organ specific allocation policies please see guidance and policies.
The allocation zones are reviewed annually by the organ specific advisory group. The size of each zone and the hospitals included in it is dictated by the transplant unit's percentage share of new registrations onto the national transplant list.
Liver Implemented 8th January 2013
Cardiothoracic Implemented 15th January 2013
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