The Director of Public Health for the Isle of Wight has said that the installation of refrigerated containers at the crematorium is simply ‘precautionary’.

As exclusively revealed by Island Echo on Friday, several large mobile refrigeration units have been shipped to the Island to act as temporary storage for the deceased.

A total of 4 containers have been placed to the rear of the Isle of Wight Crematorium near Wootton, although they have not yet been utilised.

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Simon Bryant, Director of Public Health for Hampshire County Council, has today (Monday) said:

“Local partner organisations across the wider Hampshire and Isle of Wight are working closely together to ensure arrangements are in place to support communities during this difficult time. Integral to our planning is the need to ensure our area is ready should things escalate to the point at which we may need additional mortuary space.

“With this in mind, an area within the grounds of the crematorium is designated to provide that extra capacity. I understand that people will be concerned about this development, but while this is a precautionary step at this stage, it is important we are well prepared, and able to act quickly, should we need to”.

If the containers are required then Islanders are being reassured that the deceased will be treated with the same dignity and respect that would normally be expected.

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2 years ago

Sadly even our PM’s condition has taken a turn for the worse: Now in intensive care



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