If the death occurs in hospital, the hospital staff will contact the person named by the deceased as next of kin. This may be, but might not be, a relative. The hospital will advise whether it is possible for a doctor to issue the medical certificate, and when this will be available for collection. If a doctor who has treated the deceased is unable to issue a death certificate the death will be reported to HM Coroner for that district.
Please note that hospital bereavement offices are usually only open during normal working weekdays.
For advice contact us as soon as possible.
At Home or in a Nursing Home
If the death was expected, contact the doctor who attended the deceased during their final illness, if the death occurred at a Nursing Home the staff will contact the doctor. If the doctor can certify the cause of death you will be given:
- A Medical