What to do when someone passes away

If a person passes away at home and they are under treatment for a terminal illness the first person to inform is the GP.  If it is out of surgery hours phone the surgery and they will have a number of whom to contact. Once the Doctor has been to confirm the death, you can then inform the Funeral Director who will then remove the deceased to the chapel of rest.

The following day your Doctor will then issue you a certificate that you will take to the registrars to register the death.

The telephone number for the registrar is  08001236705

An appointment must be made at the registrar beforehand.

If a person passes away at home and they have not been ill previously, call out the doctor immediately, once the Doctor has certified the person has passed away and cannot say what the cause of death is he will then inform the coroner. Once the coroner has been out to see the deceased you can then phone the funeral director who will remove the person to the hospital for an examination to find the cause of death. Once this has been established, a certificate will be issued for you to register the death. The funeral director can then collect the deceased and the funeral can take place.

If a person passes away in a hospital, the Doctor who has been treating this person will issue a certificate for the cause of death. The family will then register the death at the registrar.