The Kidney Transplant Program?at Tampa General Hospital
- Coordinate communication among all parties involved, including you, your physician, the kidney transplant health care team, and other departments within the hospital.
- Work alongside TGH¡¯s financial counselors and your insurance provider to obtain insurance coverage for your evaluation and treatment from your kidney transplant operation.
- Send you a new patient packet after your referral has been reviewed and accepted. This packet includes a map to our facility, a list of area hotels offering discounts, and general patient information, as well as a medical history survey, transplant candidate request form, and consent form.
- Communicate with you and your referring physician about the status of your chronic kidney disease (CKD) or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). We will also discuss possible dates for evaluation ¨C either inpatient or outpatient, depending on your condition.
When you attend an evaluation appointment in our kidney transplant program, you should wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and bring your medications, money for food and drink, and a book or magazine to help you pass the time while waiting between tests. We also ask that you bring a trusted companion to help you take notes and ask questions during the evaluation. All transplant candidates must undergo tests as part of the evaluation, some of which include a colonoscopy, a kidney ultrasound, and cardiac stress test. After your evaluation, the kidney transplant program team will examine your results to determine if they can recommended you for a transplant or if you need further testing.
For more information about becoming a patient in Tampa General Hospital¡¯s Kidney Transplant Program, call us toll free at 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program, and ask for the referral coordinator), or you may call the referral coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.