Message to Parents
Project to Respectfully Inter Unclaimed Retained Organs, Foetuses and Tissue Samples Reaches Final Phase
18th January 2010
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and the
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The Human Tissue Authority has also issued new guidance to Alder Hey about material which was the subject of an early parental enquiry but about which no request for release has since been made; that those cases may now be included in the respectful interment programme.
Parents who have made an enquiry and have had organ retention confirmed, but who took no further action at that time, are advised to contact the helpline and enquiry service if they have any concerns about the interment process.
The helpline service (through which bereavement support can also be
The respectful interment project has been overseen by a steering group, which includes representatives of the University and the Trust, working with bereaved p
Burial services have been taking place weekly since May 2009 at Allerton Cemetary where a memorial garden has been established.
A formal memorial service will take place at All Souls Church, Mather Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool L19 4TF at 10am on 26th February 2010 followed by a dedication ceremony at the Memorial Garden at Allerton Cemetary at 11am. All are welcome to attend.
The Trust and University have an established process for handling p
enquiries and the release of retained organs, foetuses and tissue samples to
families for their private interment.
The Public Information Process
A process of dissemination of information to the public commenced on 20th November 2008 and ran through to May 2009. The process aimed to give p
The widely-represented Steering Group, which includes representatives of the University and the Trust, working with bereaved p
Neither the Trust nor the University wished to cause further distress to bereaved
the Human Tissue Authority’s Code of Practice cautioned against initiating
contacts with parents/families where none previously existed.
Faith groups have been consulted throughout by the Steering Group in relation to
Release for Interment
Where retention has been confirmed, p
organs or tissues samples returned to them for private interment or to have this
The Human Tissue Authority has issued written, amended guidance to the Trust
in December 2009 in respect of cases of organ retention where the family has
made an enquiry but has not yet asked for the retained remains to be returned.
This guidance gives the Trust authority to respectfully bury the remains as part of
the ongoing programme of burials which will be completed at the end of January
A dedicated helpline number remains in place where parents are guided through
the process. A team of child bereavement counsellors is also been available to
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Detailed records will be kept relating to these interments relating to location and
date in case p
The Human Tissue Authority
The Human Tissue Authority is an independent watchdog that protects public confidence by licensing and inspecting organisations that store and use tissue for purposes such as research, patient treatment, post-mortem examination, teaching, and public exhibitions. The Human Tissue Authority provides advice and guidance about two laws: the Human Tissue Act (2004) and the Quality and Safety Regulations. These laws ensure human tissue is used safely and ethically, with informed consent. For more information: www.hta.gov.uk