Do you need to Refer?
- –A qualified medical practitioner certifies death is due to natural causes and
- –The family or other party do not raise any concerns
- The full guidance is available – Guide to Reporting Deaths April19
Referred to the Coroner immediately (24 hrs/day)
- Complete Coroners Referral form
- Send via NHS email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(If you don’t have an NHS email (E.g. Locum staff) this form can be sent by another member of staff that does)
Police only need to be informed in the following circumstances:
- When the identity of the deceased is unknown
- When support is needed in identifying OR informing the next of kin of the deceased
- If the death is suspicious
Take a copy of the death notice and coroner’s referral form to General Office
- If out of hours, it should be taken at 9am the following morning
- This ensures General Office can maintain communication with the deceased relatives
- If you are able to complete a death certificate these are available in the red boxes in both departments – please do this before leaving shift and take to the general office in hours or the next working day at 9am.
- if a cremation form is required these are now online and general office will send you the link – please complete these promptly to help families.
MRN number should be noted
- In the ED co-ordinator’s diary so that the duty consultant can discuss with the coroner on the next working day if needed.
Document following in the patients notes:
- Time of certification and full name and contact details of certifying doctor
- Cause of death if known
- Names and phone numbers of NOK
- Names of those present when the patient died (staff and relatives)
- The completion of the referral to the coroner (also print a paper copy of the form)
Link to coroners webpage – if you need to confirm contact details