Post-mortem examinations are carried out at our Royal Liverpool Hospital site. Patients who require a post-mortem would be transferred to the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Hospital post-mortem

Occasionally the doctor treating the deceased may seek consent for a post-mortem examination to be carried out in order to gain a fuller understanding of the deceased’s illness or the cause of death in order to improve their understanding of the disease.

It may also be carried out to obtain “tissue” or any part from the body for the purpose of future medical education or research, which will help to contribute to better care of other patients in the future. This kind of post-mortem examination is not legally required and is only carried out with the complete consent of the deceased’s next-of-kin.

Where a hospital post-mortem is carried out, the medical certificate of cause of death will still be issued by the hospital.

Coroner’s post-mortem

The coroner may order a post-mortem examination to be performed when the cause of death is uncertain and needs to be determined. The decision is at the discretion of the coroner. Consent from the relatives is not needed.

Organs and tissue cannot be taken from the body for any purpose except to establish the cause of death and they cannot be retained longer than necessary to establish that purpose.

After the post-mortem the coroner completes the death certificate. The coroners office will keep you informed throughout this process.