It has been announced that Cape Town will benefit from a new morgue facility, set to be built in Observatory at the entrance to Groote Schuur Hospital.

The new morgue is set to replace the Forensic Pathology Services Laboratory in Salt River, and an estimated cost of R281 million and 23 months of construction has been mooted for it, which will be a joint partnership between the Department of Transport and Public Works and the Western Cape Health Department.

State-of-the-art facilities will be housed inside the new three-storey development, which will include 26 autopsy tables, 360 refrigerated body spaces, 180 admission & 180 dispatch fridges, along with four dissection suites. The space will be able to accommodate 100 visitors, with a design aesthetic incorporating natural light.

Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC, Donald Grant, stated “This 23-month, R281m project will replace the existing Forensic Pathology Laboratory in Salt River which has become outdated and limited in terms of capacity. The project commenced earlier this year, and is expected to be completed early in 2019.”

Not the lightest topic for a Monday, but the improvement will assist greatly with a burgeoning population.


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