How do they work out my chance of living more than 5 years?

Usually there are more than 400 people on the active waiting list. In New Zealand about 100 kidneys are donated each year from deceased donors. is means only people with a good chance of doing well after a transplant are able to go on the list.

Your kidney doctor and the team at your transplant centre will discuss:

  • your health
  • your test results
  • how your kidney disease has affected your heart and the rest of your body.

This discussion is to check if you are fit enough to have a transplant at any time. is is called your Comorbidity Score.

Looking at all these things helps doctors to make the same decisions across New Zealand. is means deciding who gets a kidney from a deceased donor is as fair as possible. If you are assessed as having a lower than 80% chance and your doctor doesn’t think that is correct, your doctor can ask for the decision to be reviewed.

Everyone on the waiting list is reviewed every one to two years to make sure they are still well enough to stay on the list.