14 April 2020
Temporary mortuary site opened near Wollaston

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

The site, which is at Doddington Road on the outskirts of Wollaston, was operational from last weekend (April, 11), and has capacity of up to 1,100.

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

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.

“We looked at several possible sites and agreed to go forward with Wollaston, with work taking place to ensure it was 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.”