Make-shift morgue set up at council gritting yard

A Wiltshire Council gritting yard is being used as a make-shift morgue after its local hospital hit capacity. Bodies are being stored at High Post Salt Store near Salisbury in response to an increase in need across Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

Hannah Currie www.wiltshirelive.co.uk

The trust has confirmed that security guards will monitor refrigeration units at the site, used to cope with an increase in demand, for 24-hours a day. They added that despite the location, it will treat “deceased and loved ones with dignity and respect at all times regardless”.

A spokesperson for Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “We can confirm that we have opened additional mortuary capacity to accommodate an increase in need across the local community.

“Our mortuary service operates to the national standards treating the deceased and loved ones with dignity and respect at all times regardless of location. All our additional capacity provides privacy and has 24/7 security” it added.

Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council, added: “We are supporting our partners at Salisbury District Hospital during this period of extreme pressure for the NHS.

“The site at High Post is private and is an appropriate location to provide this facility, and it is guarded by security at all times. Our staff are specially trained to work in a professional and proper manner, and behave respectfully and sensitively at all times.”

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