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Islet transplants offered on NHS

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Islet transplantation is to become a realistic option for NHS patients who have type 1 diabetes.

The government announced last week that, from April, six UK centres will offer insulin-producing islet injections.

Islet transplants have previously been offered to 12 patients in England under funding from charities, principally Diabetes UK.

In the first year, it is expected that around 20 transplants will take place at trusts in Oxford, London, Newcastle, Bristol and Manchester – backed by £2.34m. The service will be expanded to meet the predicted annual need of 80 transplants in subsequent years – with annual funding of up to £7.32m.

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