• If your relative has died on the way to or in the Emergency Department (ED) you will be supported by staff and provided with information regarding the processes that follow
  • When a person dies either on the way to or in the accident and emergency department, a medical certificate usually cannot be issued from this hospital. Further information on the procedure for this is available in the Emergency Department ‘Help for you following a bereavement book’.
  • Deaths in the ED may be referred to the Coroner due to these being unexpected, unknown or in unclear circumstances. Normal care after death procedures are acceptable unless the death is of a suspicious nature, then care after death procedures cannot be carried out. The police, EDt staff and Bereavement office will provide guidance in this situation.
  • You may not be able collect the property of your loved one at this time. Staff will be able to further advise you on the process in these circumstances.
  • Sometimes, a bereaved relative would like to request a memento such as handprint or lock of hair, you should speak to a member of staff or the bereavement office staff about this who will discuss the process with you. with the exception of those patients who die in the critical care setting and on occasion in the ED, where the provision of this can take place directly when permitted by the nominated next of kin.