Liver transplant service celebrates its 20th year

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The national service that provides life-saving liver transplants to people across Scotland has celebrated its 20th anniversary.

The Scottish Liver Transplant Unit, founded in 1992, has carried out 1,089 transplants since it first opened.

The unit, at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, held a celebratory event yesterday attended by 460 patients and their relatives and more than 100 members of staff, past and present.

Public health minister Michael Matheson was full of praise, saying: “It’s undoubtedly one of the finest examples of the NHS at its best.”