Extra storage space installed at Sheffield crematorium as coronavirus death total nears 200

Extra storage for bodies has been delivered to a Sheffield crematorium, the city council has confirmed.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 8:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 8:21 pm

The additional storage, delivered to Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium this week, is not currently in use but can be ‘quickly activated if needed’, according to the authority.

A total of 195 hospital patients in Sheffield have now died after contracting Covid-19.

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Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium in Sheffield.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “During the coronavirus pandemic, as well as supporting our vulnerable residents, one of our main priorities is to continue caring for the deceased.

“We know this is a very distressing time for those who have lost someone and we are working very hard to ensure dignity after death is not compromised.

“It is anticipated that at some point we may need additional facilities to allow us to continue caring for all our deceased, in Sheffield and across the region.

“We have accepted all offers from the Government for additional storage to help us manage the demand should we need it.

“At this stage our own facilities are coping well, but we are continually monitoring this situation.

“Additional storage has been delivered to our Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium site this week. It is not currently in use but can be quickly activated if needed.

“We would like to reassure the bereaved that their loved ones continue to be given the highest standard of care by our trained professionals and that we will support everyone as much as possible through this extremely difficult and upsetting time.”