Torbay Hospital mortuary transformation

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Torbay mortuary at Torbay Hospital has had a facelift over the past 12 months resulting in a complete transformation.

The refurbishment included investment in new equipment and significant changes to the way the service is being run.

Formed of 70 years ago

Initially, when the NHS was formed, almost 70 years ago.

It’s commitment was to provide cradle to the grave care, and investment in the new Torbay mortuary, is evidence of that commitment today.

Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, which is responsible for running Torbay Hospital has spent over £212,000 to update the facilities and improve the environment for both staff and visiting families.New equipment at Torbay Mortuary

Torbay Mortuary, Redesign and rebuild

The refurbishment of the mortuary has included a redesign and rebuild to create more space and increase capacity.

The department has benefited from a complete redecoration to provide a much brighter, lighter and modern space.

The original mortuary department was complete in 1969, back then the population of Torbay and South Devon was much smaller. Torbay Mortuary redesign includes a modern redesign

Roy Dyer, Medical Director at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust said:

The Mortuary team have worked incredibly hard to make the improvements as quickly as possible, working in partnership with the HTA, so that we not only meet but exceed expected standards.  It is so important for families and loved ones to know that we are caring sensitively for those who have died while being under our care. We are more confident than ever that we can provide care and preserve dignity for these patients and for their grieving relatives

Human Tissue Authority concerns

Plans for the changes, have been put in place following a report in August last year by the HTA (Human Tissued Authority), who highlighted a number of concerns.

The trust worked closely with the HTA, staff and external partners, to ensure all the planned changes met the requirements of the new HTA standards along with the growing needs of the Torbay & South Devon Community.

A spokesperson for the HTA said:

We acknowledge the significant work that has gone towards bringing the mortuary back to compliance with the required standards.

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