GIBRALTAR patients in need of organ transplants will now be eligible for one in the UK.
Previously, organ transplants in Gibraltar were not possible causing much uncertainty and concern.
But the Gibraltar Health Service has now announced a landmark agreement with the UK’s NHS Blood and Transplant service.
In return, Gibraltar will contribute organs to the UK deceased donor pool where appropriate.
It is estimated that around four Gibraltar patients will require a transplant each year, with one heart, one liver and two kidney transplants.
Chief minister Fabian Picardo said: “: “The possibility of receiving transplants is life saving and it was of great concern to me that this had become impossible for Gibraltar patients.
“I was happy to raise this directly with the Prime Minister, who was totally supportive. The new arrangement with NHS Blood and Transplant will change lives and save lives.”
He added: “What can be more satisfying than that?”
There are already several patients who are undergoing or about to receive appointments in one of the three designated UK centres; West London Transplant Centre, King’s College Hospital and Harefield Hospital.