The dilapidated structure of St George Hospital’s post-mortem centre is set to undergo much-needed redevelopment, with the hospital finally approving a ground-storey building at a new location in its backyard.
Currently, the hospital has a one-room post-mortem centre in the hospital staff quarters near the main hospital building, with one in-charge and one attendant to handle the entire day’s shift.
While the morgue has a capacity to store six bodies, it usually has over 10 bodies stacked one on top of the other — a count which shoots up during monsoon due to higher number of road and railway accidents.
“We do realise the need to treat bodies with care. But the process of sanctioning a new centre was getting delayed. With the new building’s construction, a morgue with a capacity of 20 bodies will be built,” said hospital superintendent Dr J B Bhavani. The structure housing the post-mortem unit was last renovated in 2015.
According to workers, however, a new coat of paint and a stand for keeping a generator are the only visible signs of renovation so far.
They have also regularly complained about the lack of bathrooms.
Currently, the autopsy centre comprises a single room with two marble platforms for keeping bodies.
The administrative work of the autopsy centre is carried in the same room.
While general norms for an autopsy centre require proper air-conditioning, the room has no such provision.
In the large-scale redevelopment under way at the hospital, four new buildings have been constructed on its premise to shift families of about 80 hospital staffers from hutments to flats. The huts along with the old mortuary will be razed to make space to a new centre.
“A new power station is also being installed. Once that happens, all staffers will be moved into their new flats,” said an official from the hospital. The hospital now receives two to four bodies each day for autopsy, majority of which are of railway accident victims brought from CST.