Covid-19: Temporary mortuary approved for Dorchester

Covid-19: Temporary mortuary approved for Dorchester

Published by George Sharpe at 4:43pm 16th April 2020. (Updated at 5:04pm 16th April 2020)

The Old Radio Station, Dorchester has been approved for body storage during the current Covid-19 emergency.

Dorset Local Resilience Forum also approved a second site at the Port of Poole.

Dorset Council say it’s part of the effort to respond to a possible ‘worst-case’ scenario.

The units are expected to be available f required from the beginning of May.

Councillor Spencer Flower, Leader of Dorset Council said: 

“We appreciate that this topic is a difficult one for everyone. We are keen to reassure residents that these mortality support units are being established as part of our duty to plan for a worst-case scenario.”

Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said:

"I’d like to reassure our communities that these are temporary sites, being installed so that we can accommodate a potential increase in the number of deceased safely, compassionately and respectfully.

“The more we follow national advice now and stay home, the more we are all doing our bit to delay and suppress the spread of the virus and so help reduce the number of deaths locally.”