What to do when someone dies

At Home

When someone dies at home you should call their Doctor (G.P) who will issue the Medical Certificate for the cause of death. If the death occurs outside of surgery hours, the doctor on call should be contacted.  If a doctor on call attends, they will certify death and advise that the death will either be referred to the Coroner’s Office or that the Medical Certificate for cause of death will be issued by the G.P. when the surgery reopens.  Please contact us so that we can bring the deceased into our care once the doctor has attended.

In Hospital

When someone dies in hospital the hospital doctor will issue Medical Certificate for the cause of death.  Please contact us so that we can bring the deceased into our care once the doctor issued the Certificate.

Nursing / Residential Home

When someone in a Nursing / Residential home the staff will call the Doctor (G.P) who will issue Medical Certificate for the cause of death. If the death occurs outside of surgery hours, the doctor on call will be contacted.  When the doctor on call attends, they will certify death and advise that the death will either be referred to the Coroner’s Office or that the Medical Certificate for cause of death will be issued by the G.P. when the surgery reopens.  Please contact us so that we can bring the deceased into our care once the doctor has attended.

Sudden Death

When someone has died unexpectedly or the doctor is not certain of the cause of death, the case will often be referred to the Coroner’s Office.

It’s still a good idea to contact us at an early stage.  We will liaise with the Coroner’s Office for you.

The Coroner’s Office

Laganside House

23-27 Oxford Street

Belfast

BT1 3LA

Tel:  028 9044 6800

Advertisements