In Times of Bereavement

If a Death Occurs At Home

1. Please telephone the district nurse, the Practice or 111. They/we will then arrange a clinician to visit to confirm that death has occured.

2. Then contact a funeral director- they provide a service 24 hours a day.

3. Please ring the Practice the next working day to arrange a convenient time to collect the Death Certificate. The doctor will then contact you when this is completed-usually later that day. Please note that it may take several hours for us to ring you back.

4. When you have the Death Certificate you can then contact the Registrar's Office by phone. The local number and address of the Registrar is on the envelope of the Death Certificate. They will then arrange an appointment to register the deceased's death.  

5. The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. You will be given the opportunity to buy extra copies of the Certificate Copies which you are likely to  require for dealing with the deceased's finances.

If The Death Occurs In Hospital

1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.

2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 - 5 as above

Cremation Certificates will be organised, if necessary, by the funeral director who will liaise directly with the surgery.  

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