Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Planning for winter pressures

Issue date: 
13 September 2016

The House of Commons Health Select Committee ran an inquiry into planning for winter pressures.

Winter can be an especially challenging time of year for health services. For mortuaries, higher numbers of deaths can pose problems if adequate numbers of refrigerated storage spaces are unavailable.

To help licensed establishments prepare for winter pressures, we published guidance for storage capacity and contingency arrangements. The report is based on information collected from establishments licensed in the post mortem sector in the 2015 compliance updates. The report offers recommendations for:

  • strengthening contingency arrangements
  • mitigating risks resulting from a shortage of mortuary fridge and freezer spaces
  • organisations responsible for, or with an interest in, providing mortuary services. For example, local authorities.

You can read our report here

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Last updated on: 9 Aug 2018