Wollaston tip site to be used as temporary mortuary during Covid-19 crisis

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The temporary mortuary will have capacity for up to 1,100

A temporary mortuary site is being opened in Northamptonshire ahead of a potential increase in deaths due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The site will be at Doddington Road which is on the outskirts of Wollaston and work has begun to fit out the site so that it can be operational from this weekend (11/12 April).

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The site is where Wollaston recycling centre used to be until its closure to the public in 2017.

A temporary mortuary is opening just outside Wollaston this weekendA temporary mortuary is opening just outside Wollaston this weekend
A temporary mortuary is opening just outside Wollaston this weekend | ugc

The county council-owned site is well located within reasonable distance from the county’s hospitals and can be easily reached by funeral directors.

The temporary mortuary site will have capacity of up to 1,100.

Leader of Northamptonshire County Council Councillor Matt Golby said: “Just like the rest of the country, it is vitally important that we put emergency measures in place so that we are able to deal with any increase in deaths as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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“We looked at several possible sites and have agreed to go forward with Wollaston, with work already taking place to ensure it will be ready for operation as quickly as possible.

“We know this is a tough time for everyone and it is important that Northamptonshire is prepared for the worst and able to treat the death of any resident with dignity and kindness, and we will do all that we can to make sure bereaved families understand what is happening with their loved ones.”

Numerous vans and activity at the site in recent days has led to to speculation that the site was being prepared for this.