7 11, 2015

What is a post mortem?

2018-08-27T10:26:11+00:00November 7th, 2015|Comments Off on What is a post mortem?

A post mortem (sometimes called an autopsy) is an examination carried out by a pathologist after a death where is necessary to establish the medical cause of death. The majority of deaths do not require any post mortem because the medical cause of death can be certified by a doctor who has been treating the [...]

7 11, 2015

If a Post Mortem is required is there likely to be a delay in organisation of the funeral arrangements?

2015-11-07T09:40:17+00:00November 7th, 2015|Comments Off on If a Post Mortem is required is there likely to be a delay in organisation of the funeral arrangements?

Yes. When a post mortem examination is required, there would normally be a delay of 1-2 days. This may be extended if death occurs during a weekend or bank holiday. We will liaise with the hospital and Coroner and advise the family.

7 11, 2015

What is the normal procedure/process when someone dies in a hospital, hospice or nursing home?

2015-11-07T09:40:23+00:00November 7th, 2015|Comments Off on What is the normal procedure/process when someone dies in a hospital, hospice or nursing home?

Normally a doctor will be in attendance or called to confirm death. The doctor and or staff will confirm to the family whether or not a post mortem examination will be required. In most instances, this will not be necessary and the family are free to telephone their funeral director to make funeral arrangements.

7 11, 2015

Who should I inform/contact if someone dies at home?

2015-11-07T09:40:29+00:00November 7th, 2015|Comments Off on Who should I inform/contact if someone dies at home?

This depends on whether the death was sudden or expected. If expected, the deceased will have been attended to by his or her GP recently. The first/initial call should be made to this doctor who will be required to visit the home to confirm death has occurred. If calling the GP out of hours, an [...]