Becoming a Patient
Tampa General’s Lung Transplant Program offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to care for adults receiving a lung transplant. You must have your primary physician or pulmonologist refer you to our program. The physician’s office should send demographics with insurance information, progress notes, a history and physical, lab results, and pulmonary function tests, chest CT scan and chest x-ray reports. These records should be current from the last six months to 12 months. The physician’s office should also send a completed referral form.
If your condition is stable, you will have an initial visit at Tampa General’s Cardiac & Lung Transplant Clinic to determine whether transplantation is an appropriate therapy for your illness. When we receive your referral, our staff will:
- Coordinate communication among you, your physician, the lung transplant health care team and other hospital departments.
- Work with the hospital’s financial services representatives and your insurance company to help you secure insurance coverage for your treatment.
- The referral transplant assistant will send you a new patient packet that includes a medical history survey, map and directions to our facility, a list of area hotels offering discounts, a transplant candidate registration request form, consent form, and pamphlet with general patient information.
- The referral transplant coordinator and the transplant pulmonologist will review your records and contact you for an initial visit appointment.
- Communicate with you and your referring physician about your medical condition and possible dates for evaluation; either inpatient or outpatient depending on your degree of illness.
In case of emergency or a hospital-to-hospital referral, the transplant coordinator will review your medical records with the physician who will oversee your care. If there are no obvious contraindications to transplantation, you will be transferred to Tampa General as soon as possible.
Staff members from the Lung Transplant Program are ready to help you and your family at each stage of the lung transplant process.
Please contact the Tampa General Hospital Lung Transplant Program directly at 1-800-505-7769. Press 1 for the transplant office, press 1 for lung program, then press 1 for the referral coordinator.
The appropriate timing of referral for transplantation has become increasingly complicated and an early appropriate referral is one of the keys to a successful outcome. As the time between listing and transplantation continues to increase, we recommend that patients be listed early in their disease process. The transplant center is willing to accept the responsibility of determining whether the patient requires listing for transplantation or close monitoring to list at a more appropriate time based on the current transplant climate and United Network for Organ Sharing requirements.