Queen’s university Belfast
The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (SMDBS) is now one of a small number of medical schools in the UK that continue to offer students the opportunity to study human anatomy by cadaveric dissection. The Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education (CBSE), which is located on the HSC, has stated that cadaveric dissection is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ approach for the study of human anatomy and as such it provides a major draw for prospective medical, dental and human biology students, from the UK and overseas.
Anatomy has been taught in the MBC since 1968 and the existing accommodation comprises purpose built dissecting rooms (main and minor) with supporting display areas, preparation/storage rooms and seminar rooms on the first floor; histology lab, preparation room/storage area and seminar room on the ground floor and an anatomy mortuary area in the basement.
The Anatomy department is a restricted area, regulated by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). Although ‘fit for purpose’ the current mortuary facilities, which have had little refurbishment or upgrade since 1968, are now at the end of their useful life and in need of significant refurbishment. The refurbishment works included a full upgrade of the teaching facilities within the Main Dissection room.
The MBC forms an integral part of the HSC which is a critical teaching and research campus for the University. The mortuary facility and the overall HSC will remain operational throughout the works, and managing health and safety and minimizing disruption will be a major focus for the design and programming of the works.