Coronavirus: Temporary mortuary to be located at The University of Sussex

Temporary mortuary units arriving at The University of Sussex today (Thursday, 16) are the first of three sites for the county.

Brighton and Hove City Council said three temporary mortuaries are to be installed in Sussex in the coming days, to ensure those who die in the Covid-19 pandemic “are treated with dignity and respect”.

Four units supplied by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, providing 300 spaces, are arriving at the university grounds in Falmer.

There are already some facilities on site managed by Brighton and Sussex Medical School, which will increase capacity to 430.

Officials said more units procured by the Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) will arrive at Falmer next week.

The units will reportedly be situated in a discreet space on the grounds, and will be shielded from public sight as much as possible.

Councillor Daniel Yates said:

“This is an incredibly difficult time for us all and I know staff across the county are making every effort to ensure temporary mortuaries will be installed with the greatest of care as part of the pan-Sussex response to Covid-19.

“We have a vital role in ensuring the public is kept safe and that the loss of loved ones is treated with the upmost respect.

“We are living in unprecedented times and my sincere hope is that there is no need to use this facility, but we need to plan ahead for the harsh realities we may face.

“I would also like to thank the University of Sussex for supporting us at this difficult time.”

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