Queen Charlotte hospital annex ready next month

  • Oct. 24, 2007 5:00 a.m.

Construction of the new annex building for the Queen Charlotte hospital will be fully operational by mid-December, according to Kerry Laidlaw, Hospital Site Manager. The building will house a much-needed new morgue, a maintenance workshop and office, and storage room for supplies. The annex is on the east side of the hospital. “The new morgue will be large enough for volunteers to work in to prepare the deceased for burial,” says Mr. Laidlaw. “There will be two crypts in a refrigerated room and the morgue will have a Bariatric Morgue Lift, a heavy-duty mechanical lift to prevent back injuries (to workers) when moving the deceased.” The morgue area will have a peaceful and private area where people can view and pay respects. “Since there is no funeral home on the islands…the preparation of the deceased is literally done by volunteers. Many times this is the family, friends or clans who prepare, wash and dress the deceased,” said Mr. Laidlaw. The annex is costing about $140,000, paid for by emergency capital funds from Northern Health Authority. The lift costs $10,000. The pre-fab building is on cribbings and can be moved if the new hospital is built elsewhere. Also on the hospital site, a new set of outside stairs leading from the hospital up to the medical clinic is under construction and should be finished in four weeks.

Just Posted

Adverse weather forces ferry schedule change

Thursday’s Skidegate to Prince Rupert route affected

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Coast Mountain College announces interim president

Ken Burt, current president and CEO, will say goodbye to CMNT come September

Queen Charlotte crackdown

RCMP target impaired driving amidst rising numbers of the offence

Australian gold mining giant acquires Red Chris mine

Newcrest now owns 70 per cent of the mine south of Iskut and operatorship

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders says an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

‘Plenty of time for a deal’: Teachers’ union expects kids back in school on Sept. 3

BCTF says class size, composition at the heart of the issue

Province funds new shuttle buses for 13 B.C. senior centres

Activity, socializing helps maintain health, Adrian Dix says

Most Read