BC Transplant

BC Transplant



BC Transplant

BC Transplant oversees all aspects of organ donation and transplant across BC and manages the BC Organ Donor Registry.


Step-by-Step Resources for Living Donor Kidney Transplants

BC Renal and BC Transplant have launched matching web pages with newly developed step-by-step resources for living donor kidney transplants.
The resources are aimed at people facing kidney failure who would like to learn more about kidney transplants and how to try to find a living donor. Infor…

Organ Donation After Death

There are two types of organ donation in B.C. —deceased donation and living donation. In order to be a deceased organ donor in BC, a person needs to be in an intensive care unit (ICU) and on a ventilator (breathing machine). Donation is only considered after all life-saving methods to save a patien…

Transplant recipients moving to/from BC

Specialized post-transplant care is essential for all transplant recipients. This resource from BC Transplant outlines some of the important steps to consider when planning a move to or from B.C.


Communicating with the Family of your Organ Donor

Some transplant recipients write to their donor family to express their gratitude. The decision to write to your donor family is a personal choice, but your words can often help families cope with the loss of their loved one. Throughout your transplant journey, it is normal to experience a range of…


School Education Resources

BC Transplant encourages students and teachers to introduce conversations about organ donation into their schools. This program is aimed at high-school science classes and aligns with BC curricular competencies and content. The curriculum includes:

Curriculum activities to extend the in-class sess…


"Live Life. Pass It On" Scholarship

"Live Life. Pass It On" Scholarship. BC Transplant will award four $1500 scholarships to grade 12 students who lead an organ donation awareness project in their school or community during the 2021/22 school year.  Award value: 4 x $1,500 scholarships

Deadline: May 6, 2022
Please submit your …

Transplant and Medication

BC Transplant resource helps transplant patients simplify life by making medication information easy and accessible. On this page, you can access information regarding general medication, including over-the-counter medication, and specific information on anti-rejection medication. 


BC Transplant: Patient Education Webinars

Kidney Transplant & Finding a Living Donor Recorded Session


The Living Donor Kidney Transplant Process

The English version of the document can be found by clicking 'Visit Resource' below
This document is also available in other languages:

The Kidney Transplant Process

A step-by-step guide for kidney transplant recipients in British Columbia
(Click 'Visit Resource' for the English version)
This document is also available in other languages:

Find a Transplant Pharmacy

Click below to find a pharmacy in British Columbia for transplant medications.


COVID-19 Information for Patients

This page includes information for transplant patients on the following:
  • What steps can you take to protect yourself?
  • Return to work for you and your close contacts
  • Return-to-school considerations
  • Mask use
  • What to expect for your regular transplant clinic visits
  • Wha…

What is Living Kidney Donation and Can I Be a Kidney Donor?


Top 6 Questions About Living Donor Kidney Transplants


Introduction to Kidney Transplant

  • Kidney transplant eligibility
  • Living donor transplants
  • Deceased donor transplants
  • Living donor paired exchange
  • The surgery
  • Follow-up after your transplant

Living Kidney Donor Program: A Step-by-Step Process


COVID-19 for Transplant Recipients


Living Donation

Living organ donation is an act of altruism that reduces the wait time for patients in need of a life-saving kidney or liver.  This page includes information on the live donor kidney program:
  • The kidney transplant process
  • Finding a donor: Getting the word out
  • Donor outreach letter

Anti-Rejection Medication

Anti-rejection medications, suppress your body’s natural defence system (immune system) to prevent it from recognizing your transplant as a foreign invader and attacking it. The result of such an attack is rejection.
This page provides details on the following:
  • Contraindications
  • Tacro…

Cancer Risks

Anti-rejection medications can increase the risk of developing certain types of cancers, including:
  • Lymphoma (Post Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disease, or PTLD)
  • Cervical cancer
  • Digestive tract cancer
  • Skin cancer
This page provides an overview and suggestions to mitiga…

Dental Protocol

Details on prophylactic antibiotic coverage for dental procedures, including which transplant patients should receive it, what type, and dosage.

Over-the-Counter Medications

This page includes guidelines on medications for the following:
  • Cough
  • Allergies
  • Congestion
  • Pain or headaches
  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
There is also some information on naturopathic, herbal, traditional, or homeopathic products, including:
  • Echinacea


This page provides a brief review that includes the following:
  • What is rejection?
  • What are the signs of kidney transplant rejection?
  • What are the signs of pancreas transplant rejection?
  • What are the signs of liver transplant rejection?
  • What are the signs of heart transpl…

Safety Precautions at Home

Safety precautions to follow at home when taking tacrolimus, cyclosporine, mycophenolate, azathioprine, or sirolimus.

Vaccination After Transplant

This page provides includes the following:
  • General principles
  • Vaccines to avoid
  • Vaccine booster protocol in solid organ transplant recipients
  • Vaccines considered safe

After Your Transplant

This page includes information on the following:
  • Ordering medications
  • Medication cost
  • How to take your medications
  • Missed doses
  • Storage
  • Alcohol intake
  • Pregnancy

Transplant Recipient Support Guide

Includes information on accommodations, support, transplant and donation, and health.

Medication Coverage

BC Transplant covers immunosuppressants and anti-viral/anti-infective medications for recipients of solid organ transplants.  They must have valid BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage and be registered with BC Transplant.
BC transplant will fund a 100-day supply of transplant medications, or…