FORRES folks campaigning for better mortuary services want the community to choose a new site.
Maryan Whyte and her family have been working with NHS Grampian, Moray Council and Police Scotland to source a shortlist of possible locations within the grounds of Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin.
A survey has been made available to the public on where the preferred site should be.
Mrs Whyte took action following the tragic death of her husband Frank, following a sailing accident while he was approaching Findhorn Bay in May, 2016. The experience they faced when identifying his body at the mortuary based at the former Spynie Hospital in Elgin was described as “horrific”. The family have been campaigning for improvements ever since.
Mrs Whyte said: “The document outlining options for four sites shows that we have come such a long way. “We need the people of Moray to give their opinions on where the site should be.
“For too long, we have had to put up with less than adequate facilities.
“Now it is only right that the people who have to use this service in tragic and difficult times are heard.”
The sites identified are: the existing mortuary site; Dunbarney car park; the existing physiotherapy unit; and the existing medical records department.
Mortuary provision at the existing site would involve significant alterations to the building layout and construction of an extension to accommodate new body storage fridges and a visitor entrance.
The Dunbarney car park would require construction of a new dedicated mortuary building, whilst the physiotherapy unit would require refurbishment of office accommodation and renovation of Ward 10.
The most costly option would involve refurbishment of the existing basement medical records store and offices, renovations for Ward 10 and digitising of medical records.
Mrs Whyte said: “The mortuary should be within the building of the hospital itself. This gives the most respect, dignity and compassion throughout. The only option which allows this is the medical records department.”
The full consultation document which outlines the full requirements and costings for each of the four sites can be found at www.mortuaryformoray.com and people can take part in the survey.
They can also email any questions or views to firstname.lastname@example.org