Temporary Modular Mortuary

Whether it is disaster relief, maintaining capability during hospital refurbishment or just simply adding additional capability, Aspen Medical’s Clinical Infrastructure team has the answer.

Our temporary mortuary solution consists of two purpose-built modular units constructed from the ground up, with each module designed on the footprint of a standard 40-foot ISO shipping container for ease of movement. The modules can be joined together onsite in hours to create a compliant, modern and instantly operational surgery.

The modular units come as a “plug and play” solution – simply connect to the existing electrical, water and grey water services at the facility. The ease and speed of installation of the modular units keeps disruption to normal hospital operations to a minimum. Each module is designed as close to Australasian Health Facility Guidelines as space will allow, and at times, can actually exceed these guidelines. The solution can be leased or purchased outright.

Designed and manufactured in Brisbane, the modular units are robust, easily moved by flat-bed truck, side loader, tilt tray, container forklift or crane and can be installed in a space as small as 16m x 7m which allows room for linkways etc. With each module only weighing approximately 8 tonnes, they can be installed on most surfaces such as car parks, concrete slab etc.

Key features

The modular mortuary features a purpose-built HVAC system that delivers HEPA filtered air in a negative pressure environment. Dedicated separate reception, waiting and viewing rooms are cleverly designed to provide the utmost in privacy and respect to relatives at all times. The modular mortuary can easily interface with current hospital IT and tracking systems.

Two modules make one single modular mortuary. Each module has external measurements of 12.192m long, 2.438m wide and 3.1m high. The two modules located together have a footprint of 12.192m long and 4.876m wide.

Modules maintain the same handling capability of a 40’ ISO container allowing movement by road, rail, air and sea.

The modules are of a steel frame construction with a galvanized C Purlin floor structure for long life and allow modules to be stacked or placed on a support structure for access at the first-floor level or above where required.

How it works

Our design team will work closely with your department specialists in the design phase to deliver the right product for task. All modular mortuary solutions can be built to order dependent of the requirement of the facility. The flexibility of the design can also allow for current hospital assets (fridges, trolleys etc.) to be utilised.

Typical lead time for a new build is approximately 14 weeks. Existing floor plans can be altered to suit demand and preference of the client and dependent on availability and configuration, can be ready for dispatch in as little as 4 weeks.

Once engaged, Aspen Medical will conduct a comprehensive site survey to determine best access for trucks and cranes, location for the modular units, and proximity to existing hospital utilities and main building entries.

After installation onsite, Aspen Medical will work closely with the hospital during the validation and commissioning phase to ensure the modular unit is operational to relevant state government health regulations. Any necessary training will be supplied before handover to ensure all staff are familiar and confident in the temporary modular mortuary.

Aspen Medical can offer either a leasing arrangement for the units or an outright purchase option. Because of the flexibility of being able to move these units easily with little impact to hospital operations, an outright purchase is an attractive prospect for hospital chains or state governments with that have elective backlogs, refurbishment requirements across multiple locations or as a cost-effective solution to add capability.

Inclusions in a typical temporary modular mortuary from Aspen Medical

Separate reception
Separate waiting room
Separate viewing room with remote curtain
Body holding room with provision for 9 bodies
Body holding floor fall to waste
Hose reel to body holding room
Staff change room with sink
Connection to facility IT and tracking system
Nurse Call System
Designated workflow
Connection to facility’s fire system
HEPA-filtered air supply with negative pressure
LED lighting throughout
Quality remote controlled sound system
Staff training
Hot and cold water

Hospital requirements for the installation of a temporary modular mortuary

Electrical connection to hospital3 x 50 Amp 3-phase sockets
Water supply to hospital¾ brass quick connector and suitable hose length
Connection to hospital grey water system50mm male threaded connection
Planning permissionRelevant state government/council building approvals and permits
Engineering Footings and associated groundworks, associated linkways to module


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