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What happens if the death is
referred to the coroner?

Why HM Coroner is involved

There are certain situations where the coroner needs to be informed.

Usually the GP or hospital doctor will refer the case to the Coroner. Occasionally the registrar may refer the case to the Coroner if they are not satisfied with the cause of death.

The coroner’s duty is to investigate and establish the cause of death when a doctor is unable to issue a death certificate. Procedures for registering the death differ when the coroner becomes involved. Should this be the case we are able to offer additional advice and information as necessary.

When the Coroner might be informed:

  • When the deceased was not attended by a doctor during the last illness

    Or the doctor had not seen them within 14 days before death

  • If the death was violent, unnatural

    Or occurred under suspicious circumstances

  • If the cause of death is unknown or uncertain

  • If the death occurred while the patient was undergoing an operation

    Or did not recover from an anaesthetic

  • If the death was caused by an industrial disease

  • If the death occurred in prison or police custody

  • What the coroner does:

    Once reported, the Coroner's Officer or a police officer will usually take a statement from the next of kin or close relative and you may need to identify the deceased.  The facts will then be presented to the Coroner who will decide if a post mortem needs to be carried out.

  • Proceeding with the funeral

    We will liaise with the Coroner's Officer and keep you informed. Normally, the forms that we require for the funeral to take place will be issued by the coroner and either delivered to the crematorium or must be collected from the Registrar.

  • Formally registering the death

    You will need to register the death at some stage to obtain certified copies of the Death Certificate for insurance companies, banks, building societies and solicitors. These are currently £4.00 each and you can purchase as many as you need.

    If an inquest is to take place, you cannot register the death until the full inquest is over, but you can obtain an interim certificate from the Coroner to sort out financial matters.

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