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A doctor must certify the cause of death.
There are two essential steps to take immediately after someone dies. Firstly, a doctor must issue a certificate stating the cause of death; Secondly, The death must be registered with your local Registrar, who will issue a death certificate.
This page tells you about the first stage, getting the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. Use the links on the left to find out how to register the death.
When someone dies at home
Contact the deceaseds GP. They will visit and confirm that the patient has passed away and issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. You should then contact A & J Morriss & Sons – see contact page to make arrangements for the removal of the deceased to their Chapel of Rest.
The staff will arrange for a doctor to visit. Once he or she has confirmed the death – the matron or duty nurse will generally contact the funeral director you have chosen.
When someone dies in hospital
Generally, the doctor attending the deceased will issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. The Hospital Administrator will advise you where and when the certificate will be made available for collection. You will need to speak to the Patients Affairs Office – they will issue various documents enabling you to proceed with contacting a funeral director.
When is a death reported to the coroner?
In some circumstances the death must be reported to the coroner. This happens when:
What the coroner can 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.