Solid Organ Transplant Program
Specialized programs receive more than 200 organ transplant surgeries Within 36 months...
King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam is dedicated to provide the best health care services for patients with organ failure, through medical programs and comprehensive treatment in the Transplant Center at the hospital, under distinguished group of physicians and surgical specialists.
Dr. / Khaled Al Shaibani, Chief Executive Officer, at King Fahad Specialist Hospital Dammam assured in the Second Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Organ Transplantation Congress, which was organized by the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation: The Organ Transplants Center in the hospital depends on two major programs in providing its current services which are: kidney and pancreas transplant program and liver transplant program. Since the beginning of 2009, the center is working to provide outpatient services for patients with organ transplants through an integrated and specialized team including the surgical services, liver, kidney and pancreas diseases in addition to the mental diseases, health education, nutrition, and required laboratory services that insures the results match for each patient and donor for the organ transplant surgery. This laboratory services is considered to be one of the important requirements of organ transplant surgery.
Dr. Khaled indicated that the Organ Transplant center at King Fahad Specialist Hospital has witnessed a significant growth in the number of referred patients from other regions of the Kingdom, due to being the only organ transplant center under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. He also pointed out that the center has been steeping ahead towards excellence by increasing the number of patients undergoing transplant surgeries.
By the end of 2008, the total number of organ transplants cases was: 18 surgeries for patients with kidney failure. In 2010, the center was able to increase the number of surgeries to 61 kidney transplant surgeries, with two cases of kidney and pancreas transplant patients, and 6 cases of liver transplant patients, and is expected to raise the number of surgeries by the end of 2011 to reach approximately 200 organ transplant for patients with kidney and liver failure.
Dr. Shaibani, praised the results of the positive cooperation between King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam and some universities and local and international medical centers, aiming to provide direct services in the laboratory and international accreditation programs explaining that he signed a number of local agreements with King Saud University which includes a specialized program dedicated to the pediatric patients diagnosed with kidney failure in cooperation with King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh where the center was able to support its programs with practical and scientific expertise contributed to the achievement of high quality medical services provided to the organ transplant surgeries.
Dr. Khaled Al-Shaibani clarified that the development of the health cooperation programs between the Organ Transplant Centre at King Fahad Specialist Hospital and other health centers around the kingdom have enhanced the patient services and facilitated the transfer of the organ transplant patients to King Fahad Specialist Hospital.
Dr. Shaibani pointed out that the center opened a number of outpatient clinics to follow-up the pre transplant patients and transplant patients, within the two programs of kidney and pancreas transplant and liver transplant at the Fanateer Hospital in industrial Jubail, Jubail General Hospital, King Fahad Hospital in Hofuf, Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu hospital, King Khaled Hospital in Hafer al-Baten. In addition to signing an agreement with Qatif Central Hospital and other Hospitals in Al-Mad?nah al-Munawarah, Tabuk and Jazan to transfer patients with organ failure directly and overcome the obstacles that might be facing them. He also explained that physicians in the center are supervising approximately 200 clinics every year outside the city of Dammam, in collaboration with other physicians from central hospitals.
Dr. Khaled explained that the organ donation cultural awareness in the centre was made by the Non-relatives Organ Donation Committee, which is meant to lay special foundations for the donation of living relatives taking into account the legal aspects and international legislation in the field of organ transplantation.
Dr. Shaibani considered that the Organ Transplant Center in King Fahad Hospital is one of the few centers who do pediatric kidney transplant. In 2010 the center received the largest number of cases in the Kingdom for pediatric kidney transplants were 11 kidneys were transplanted. The center is currently working on the preparation to receive more than 45 cases for transplant, including 6 cases of living donors.
Dr. khaled al-shaibani emphasized that the center aims to increase the number of cases benefiting from the transplant surgeries by raising the number of donors in the eastern region 25%, in addition to activating the donation from a living person or a relative, noting that the center works to find and activate training programs for specialists and clinical coordinators of organ transplants.
He hoped to support this specialty with trained national experiences, and contribute to the development of the infrastructure for organ transplantation research, and expand the cooperation fields between medical centers and hospitals to include all centers in the Kingdom.
In conclusion, Dr. Khaled expressed his gratitude and appreciation for all the efforts and generous support of the Saudi government and the Ministry of Health to the success of this distinguished Center, stressing that what has been achieved in this short period would not have happened without the efforts of the staff that contributed significantly to the development and operation of the different transplantation programs.