The UK's first dedicated Institute for transplantation


The Institute of Transplantation is based on the Freeman Hospital site in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

Construction on the building started in July 2009, and was marked by a ground-breaking ceremony attended by Nick Brown MP, former Government Chief Whip and Minister for the North East. The building was opened in 2011 and transplant services were transferred to the Institute during that year.

It is a four-storey building which was designed by architects Ryder and built by BAM Construction.

What’s inside

The Institute has its own independent entrance, which leads to a light atrium reception and patient waiting area. The building can also be accessed from various areas of the Freeman hospital to allow the integration of surgical services between the two facilities.

Clinical facilities

The Institute is home to the latest transplant technology and facilities, and contains:

  • Four ‘oversized’ high-tech operating theatres allowing for more than one transplant operation to take place at any one time. Each theatre is linked directly to the Freeman Hospital operating suites, allowing for interaction between the institute and the hospital’s facilities and teams.
  • Ward 38 – our 30-bed adult transplant unit for people before and after transplant surgery, which includes 14 single en-suite rooms.
  • Ward 37 – our 22-bed integrated critical care high dependency unit designed to the very best of international specifications.
  • Transplant outpatient suite with a range of clinics for patients who have had transplant surgery.
  • State-of-the art screening and imaging suite.

 The institute is also the base for a team of Transplant Co-ordinators – specialists who help patients throughout their organ and tissue transplantations.

Research and development

As well as the clinical facilities, our Research and Development Centre has a range of facilities designed to enhance learning and share the experiences of our clinical teams.

The Institute has a 100-seat lecture theatre with fully interactive facilities and projection screens, and video conferencing equipment.

We also have two large seminar rooms, and a number of other meeting rooms which are available for hire.

The seminar rooms and lecture theatre can also be linked by video to the institute’s operating theatres so clinicians can follow procedures without the need to be in the operating suite.


Externally, we have also created a peaceful and restful enclosed courtyard to give patients and visitors somewhere to sit away from the bustle of the Institute.


You can find us on a map of the area.