THE HSE says it has no responsibility for embalming services but has confirmed that the practice of allowing private embalmers use the mortuaries of the Midlands Hospital Portlaoise is being reviewed.
In a statement the HSE replied to a query as to their provision of facilities for the future.
“The HSE has no responsibility for embalming services. The Midland Hospital at Portlaoise is providing private embalmers with its mortuaries however this is being reviewed. The HSE nationally has introduced Service Level Agreements, outlining the requirements necessary to carry out the service. The Hospital is required to adhere to this policy,” the statement says.
The statement follows a claim last week by Portlaoise undertaker that there could soon be no embalming facilities in Laois. Ray Goode, who has been refused planning permission for a funeral home beside St Mary’s Hall in Portlaoise, said that last year the HSE notified all undertakers to say it was ceasing the practice of allowing its embalming facilities for public use.
The undertaker said in his appeal to the planning decision, that there is currently no private funeral home in Portlaoise.