The mortuary is located on level zero of the Royal Derby Hospital.
It offers several key services:
- Carrying out post mortem examinations for the Trust and coroner
- An out-of-hours on call service
- Viewing facilities for relatives of the deceased
- Advanced teaching facilities for student doctors
- Co-ordination of organs for transplantation
The mortuary has seven staff. Marie is the Mortuary Operational Manager and she is aided by three Anatomical Pathology Technologists, a student Anatomical Pathology Technologist, and Assistant Technical Officer and a support secretary. There are also four Consultant Pathologists – who carry out the post-mortem examinations – working on a rotation basis.
The staff frequently see relatives of deceased patients, helping to provide a compassionate environment and preparing viewings.
The team help facilitate up to six post mortem examinations a day, and deal with around 3,500 deaths each year. They handle all types of death, including those being treated as suspicious. The 24-hour out-of-hours call service is available for emergencies only.
The fully-equipped facility is also used for training student doctors and the technologists carry out tissue retrieval for transplant patients. It also houses a Home Office category-three laboratory, where police investigators and forensic pathologists can gather vital DNA evidence and clues when investigating suspicious deaths.