The death needs to be registered and to do this you will need a
medical certificate of cause of death. Please telephone us after
9am on the next working weekday after the death on 01793 604392 to
ask if the certificate has been issued.
Once it has been issued, you can arrange a time to collect it
from us. When you telephone, it helps if you can tell us if there
will be a burial or a cremation so that we can prepare the
documents that the funeral director will need.
We may have to inform the coroner of a person's death, for
example, if they had had a fall or accident, if the death was
sudden or if they had been in hospital for less than 24 hours.
The coroner will decide if the hospital doctor can issue the
medical certificate of cause of death or whether a post-mortem is
needed. You will be informed as soon as possible if the coroner
takes over responsibility.
The hospital doctor issuing the medical certifcate of cause of
death may ask the next of kin or executor to agree to a hospital
post mortem. They will discuss this with you and explain the
reasons why. In such circumstances, the next of kin or executor
will be asked to sign a consent form.
A hospital post-mortem does not normally delay funeral
arrangements and registration of the death can still take
If you are with your relative at the time of death, you can take
any property with you at the time. Any property or valuables
that we are holding for safekeeping will be returned to you when
you collect the medical certificate of cause of death.
The funeral director will arrange to collect the deceased from
the hospital and relatives and friends may generally see the
deceased at the funeral director's chapel of rest. You should make
an appointment with the funeral director to do this. The hospital
does not have a chapel of rest, but can arrange for you to see your
loved one if necessary.
Registering the death