Getting a Medical Certificate
There are two steps to take immediately after someone dies.
- A doctor must issue a certificate stating the cause of death.
- The death must be registered with your local registrar who will issue a death certificate.
Getting a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
When is a death reported to the coroner?
A death will involve a coroner if:
- There is no doctor who can issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
- The deceased was not seen by the doctor issuing the medical certificate after death nor within 14 days before death
- The cause of death is unknown or is thought to be unnatural or suspicious.
- Death occurred during an operation or before recovery from an anaesthetic
- Death is due to industrial disease or industrial poisoning.
Once a death has been reported to the coroner, the registrar cant register the death until the coroner has decided whether any further investigation is necessary.
What does the Coroner Do?
The coroner can take one of three actions:
- No further action – the doctor will then issue the Medical Cause of Death Certificate and issue a form (Part A) direct to the register office.
- Conduct a post mortem to establish the cause of death – once this is completed you can register the death with a form (Part B) sent direct to the register office.
- Hold an inquest – on completion of the inquest the coroner will register the death and pass all necessary paperwork directly to the funeral director. The death certificate issued by the registrar will not be available until the inquest has been held.