Report from Yasmine Thomas MAAPT at Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
Our mortuary department recently underwent major works where all refrigeration units were replaced and new units installed.
The department went from having 104 permanent refrigeration spaces down to under 30 spaces during the works which lasted over five weeks in a busy NHS Hospital. This reduction of spaces meant the staff were continually moving patients to external refrigeration units out of the department but still on site which involved a great deal of manual handling, moving up to forty patients after a weekend.
The final stage of the refurbishment took all fridges out of action as the floor was completed which meant staff worked twelve hour shifts over weekends and nights to ensure all patients were safely moved.
The entire team pulled together and worked exceptionally well to relocate patients as well as keep the Coroners post mortem service running smoothly. The teams effort was recognised by the trust and was issued an award for recognition of our dedication and excellence.