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Liver Transplant: Richmond Transplant Center

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Richmond Transplant Center

The information in this section refers to the Richmond Transplant Center and is only applicable to you if this is your designated transplant site. Please remember that each transplant facility may handle transplantation differently.

Team Members

Much like at your local facility, your transplant facility will have a team of specialists working with you on your liver transplant. This team includes:

  • Transplant Patient and His/Her Support Person (family/friends)
  • Surgeon
  • Hepatologist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Pre- and Post- Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Psychiatrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietitian
  • Chaplain
  • Facilitator

Evaluation

Once you have been approved for evaluation at the Richmond VA Hospital, you will be contacted by the nurse coordinator in Richmond to schedule your evaluation.

When you are ready for your evaluation, you will arrive at the Richmond airport and take a taxi to the Hospital Hospitality House, a hotel-like facility near Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital, where you will be lodged during your evaluation period.

The day after you arrive, you and your caregiver will go to the Richmond VA Hospital and have blood and urine tests obtained from the lab, and then report to the Gastroenterology Unit (5A-155). The liver transplant nurse practitioner and coordinator will be there to greet you. You will also meet with a transplant hepatologist, who will take your full history, give you a physical, and will provide more details about the transplant process.

During the rest of the week, you will have additional interviews at the Richmond VA Hospital with a social worker and psychiatrist or psychologist. You will also undergo additional diagnostic testing.

Toward the end of your evaluation process, you will meet with a transplant surgeon at the Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital. After you meet with the surgeon you will be able to return home. The whole process usually takes between 3 and 7 days. After your visit is completed, the transplant team will meet to discuss your case and make a decision on whether to list you or not. You will be notifi ed of the team's decision by telephone, as well as by a mailed letter.

Local Information

Richmond has a diverse climate with changing and distinct temperatures in each season. During the winter months, the average high temperature is 48 degrees F and the average low temperature is 29 degrees F. Heavy winter clothing and a coat is highly recommended. Summer months in Richmond average out at a high of 85 degrees F and a low of 65 degrees F, and these months can be very humid. Spring and fall months tend to be balmy with an average high temperature of 67 degrees F and an average low temperature of 44 degrees F. A light jacket may be required for some individuals.

All major banks are located in the general Richmond area. All types of payment are accepted for most transactions in the area. A federal credit union with an ATM is located within the VA facility.

Contact Information

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center
1201 Broad Rock Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23249
Phone: 804.675.5000
Toll-Free: 1.800.784.8381
Fax: 804.675.5585