COVID-19: United Kingdom Temporary Mortuary Policy

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Kenyon is extremely mindful of the urgent need for temporary mortuary services in the UK.

Our firm position is that the establishment of multiple independent mortuary operations is a great risk to life of morgue staff, a greater than necessary drain on precious refrigeration and PPE resources, and is extremely costly to the government and ultimately, the taxpayer. During this time of national need there has to be a much more unified response with the ultimate purposes of proper care and respect of the deceased, relieving pressure from existing infrastructure and the NHS, and the needs of families who will be receiving their loved ones back. Accordingly, I have directed our offices to not respond to requests from individual local authorities for the establishment of temporary mortuary solutions for their own use but instead to respond to regions. We have already started building in one region and planning for others. This is the system we have used in other large scale disasters and is the only way forward.

We strongly advise you to take an amalgamated, centralised approach. Band together with the other local councils and organisations. Share the burden and the resources. Remember, we are all in this together and together is the only way we will see this through.