What to do first
 
If the death occurs in hospital

Hospital staff will contact the person named by the deceased as next of kin. This may be, but need not be, a relative. You may, if you wish, request to see the hospital chaplain. The hospital will keep the deceased in the hospital mortuary until all paperwork has been completed. We have a chapel of rest in which the deceased will be held pending the funeral. Hospital will arrange for the nearest relative to collect the deceased's possessions.


If death occurs at home

Inform the doctor as soon as possible that death has occurred. He/she may write out the Medial Certificate of Death when he/she visits the house, or may attend the surgery for this purpose.

In either case, there is a legal requirement to register a death within five days (including Saturday and Sunday).

We have chapels of rest in which the deceased will be held pending the funeral.



The Coroner

In cases where the death has been reported to the Coroner the procedure is somewhat different. The Coroner and his officers are working in your interest.

No doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Death, this will be sent by the Coroner to the Registrar's Office in the district where the death occurred, after contact has been made with the Coroner's office.


How to Register a Death
 
Who can register
  1. A close relative of the deceased
  2. A relative or person who was in attendance
  3. A relative or person who was in attendance at death
  4. A relative living in the district where the death occurred
  5. The person arranging the funeral
  6. The occupier or manager of a home in which the deceased resided.

Documents Required
  1. The Medical Certificate of Death
  2. The Medical Card if available
  3. The Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate (if the deceased was a married woman)

Information Required by the Registrar

For more detailed information please go to www.worcestershire.gov.uk