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WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

 

This will depend on where death occurs. Many deaths now occur in Hospital where the staff will be on hand to guide you through the early procedures. You may need an appointment to see the Bereavements Officer or Patients Affairs Officer, for you to collect the ‘Doctor’s Certificate of Cause of Death’. The deceased will be moved to the Hospital Mortuary. If death occurred at Sidmouth Hospital the certificate will be held at the surgery until collection.

 

If  death occurred at home you should first call the deceased’s doctor’s surgery for their GP or duty doctor to attend and certify death. The doctor’s permission must be obtained before the deceased can be moved to our Chapel of Rest* and must not be moved if there is any possibility of the death being referred to the Coroner.

 

Sometimes the doctor will need to seek the coroner’s authority to issue a certificate. The doctors permission to move the deceased is crucial as the doctor will need to take responsibility for the movement of the deceased, if later, the Coroner requests an examination and becomes further involved.

 

The same applies if the death occurred at a nursing or residential home, but the Matron or Warden will be there to help you.

 

When death occurs anywhere else an ambulance may be called or the police will employ a funeral director, (contracted for the transportation only—not the funeral) to move the deceased to the public mortuary.**  The Coroners Officer, who may be a police officer acting on behalf of the coroner, may be the first person to help you in these circumstances, and will attend a death at home when the doctor’s certificate cannot be issued.

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If Death has Occurred

*As long as the death is not referred to the coroner, the  deceased does not need to be  moved straight away. If you need some time before we    attend we can suggest some simple steps to help you cope and maintain the dignity of the deceased.

 

**The mortuary at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital is the public mortuary for South East           Devon

 

 

 

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In any case we can act as your personal representative and make

inquires on your behalf and advise you of the procedure required.

 

We will also talk to you about when the deceased can be seen

at our Chapel of Rest, pictured, and give council on this subject.

 

Last Offices

You may have been told that a body must be laid-out before being moved. Don’t worry. If death occurred in a Nursing or Residential Home or at, or taken to Hospital this will be done. If death   occurred at home we will do this at our Chapel of Rest, you can provide personal items and    clothing if you wish.