Information on death certification.

  • The bereavement team help to process the Medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD). This may be completed electronically. Please contact the bereavement office for information (08:30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday)
  • If the death has occurred after 4.00pm on a Friday please contact the bereavement office the next working day which is the following Monday or Tuesday if there is a bank holiday following the weekend.
  • If for religious or cultural reasons, a burial is required in 24-48 hours please speak with the nurse in charge of the ward to contact the duty manager who will assist with this request if permitted.

Depending on the circumstances, MCCD are completed by the following people;

The hospital Doctor

Usually the doctors who have been treating the patient will issue the MCCD. Occasionally the Doctor may have to discuss the cause of death with the Coroner, which may result in a slight delay in the issuing of the certificate.

The General Practitioner

In certain situations the patient’s General Practitioner (GP) will issue the MCCD, which will need to be collected from their surgery. This only happens after the death has been discussed with the Coroner and when there are no hospital doctors available to sign a certificate.

The Coroner

If the death has been referred to the Coroner, because the doctor cannot issue a MCCD or the death meets the criteria to discuss with the Coroner, then the death can not be registered  until the coroner’s office has conducted their enquiries and the register office has received authority from the Coroner to do so. The Coroner will take on the responsibility for the issuing of the certificate. A coroner’s officer will contact the nominated next of kin or appropriate person to advise them regarding the procedures.

For further information contact the bereavement office on 0151 529 2855.

For further information if the death has been referred to the coroner, please refer to  the coroner section of these pages.

Bereavement books

Coping with grief

Emergency Department bereavement booklet

Inpatient bereavement booklet