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Welcome to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Liver patients Support Group. The group and website’s role is to offer help and support to patients diagnosed with liver disease, and especially where the diagnosis may result in the patient needing a liver transplant. It is intended primarily for the patients of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Other liver patients or their carers not associated with the hospital may find information that will be of interest to them. Certain sections of this website will be designated mainly for the use of the Queen Elizabeth patients only. The group is run entirely on a voluntary basis. We are a registered charity and all the money raised or donated is used entirely for the liver patients at the hospital. As the number of liver patients and transplants that are  carried out each year is increasing, this makes our service even more invaluable to patients and their carers. The shortage of donors available puts an even bigger strain on the waiting times for a suitable liver to become available. The Queen Elizabeth liver unit has to date transplanted in excess of 4600 patients.

Patients and visitors coming into the hospital, for a quick look at the services and facilities available at the hospital, please see PATIENT INFORMATION button on the right hand menu. 

 Thanksgiving Service       dscf1412-for-print Some of our members at the annual Thanksgiving Service September 2016 


PLEASE NOTE:  Some of the items and services displayed in this website are purely for the benefit and help of liver patients and as such are NOT recommended or endorsed by the support group, they are merely intended as a guideline only (E&OE omitted) If there are any other items of information that you would like to see on the website, drop us a line and we will see if it can be included. The Liver Support Group is run in association with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Liver Unit and has the full backing and support of both the Medical team and Co-ordinators.

DATA PROTECTION. As with normal data protection policy, patient confidentiality is of our utmost importance and is strictly adhered to, we will never disclose patient, staff or hospital information.


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      Maureen & John 2009 Transplant Games                 Gerry climbing Snowdon            Su 2015  World Transplant Games

All the above are support group members that have undergone a life saving Liver Transplant, these are some of the remarkable achievements that can be done after a transplant. Sue’s impressive results at the 2015 World Transplant Games held in Argentina included 5 Gold medals and 2 Silver in her events. What a great success story.

untitledIf you would like to learn more about your liver and especially liver disease, also the complexity of the transplant process itself, there are two excellent Free courses on Future learn that are produced by the University of Birmingham. They are very educational courses to learn more in depth knowledge and information about your liver. Please click on Logo to go to the Future learn website. The courses are listed below,                                        Liver Disease: Looking after Your Liver and  Liver Transplants: the Ins and Outs 


Trying to explain to younger children about your liver condition can be very difficult, and at times a challenge knowing what and how much to tell them. This booklet explains in pictures and words about the transplant process and what you are having to go through. This has been produced by the liver unit and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. To download a copy, please click on logo to go to downloads page.


sally-paintingSome of our earlier transplanted patients may well remember a ward sister named Sally Painting on the liver ward, Sally Painting was seven when she was diagnosed with liver disease. During her teenage years her life was saved three times. Inspired by those who cared for her, she became the first person in the UK to become a nurse after receiving a liver transplant. Over ten golden years, Sally became a role model for other transplant patients, caring for them at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and winning a swimming gold at the World Transplant Games in 1999. Sally’s special life was captured in her diaries. This is her story. The book can be obtained ref.  Product detailsPaperback: 292 pages. Publisher: Mereo Books (6 April 2015.Language: English. ISBN-10: 1861514182.ISBN-13: 978-1861514189.

BusTravelling by bus to Queen Elizabeth Hospital from New Street Station, for downloadable map please click on bus icon. Service operated by National West Midlands buses.


NHS services and Links to other support services

 To go to the relevant websites simply click on logo’s below

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Awards made to the Support Group  in recognition of Patient Support


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                     Finalist  Best in care awards 2015               2011 Volunteers of the Year award


                          Donor Family Network Memorial for Donor & Recipient families at Alrewas Staffordshire.


Tribute to Megan Kirby.

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Megan was a founder member of the liver Support Group, right there at the very beginning, Sadly she passed away in October 2015. The services that she gave to the group, and the countless patients and families that she helped and counselled  during that long time will be remembered by an enormous amount of people. The dedication that she gave was exemplary. She will be sadly missed by all the medical team and the group. Megan had been transplanted over 20 years and was not a contributing factor in her death, even after all that time her liver was still in excellent condition!.



The website is owned and operated by Alan Hyde : Visitor Coordinator of the Liver Support Group. All operational costs associated with the website are kindly donated by Alan Hyde.





                                                                                                                                                                                                                         New website April 2016


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