If the death has been expected, then a Medical Certificate of Death can be issued.
In the case of a death at home you will need to contact the GP of the deceased. (If this is outside of normal surgery hours then the ‘on call’ doctor may attend). The GP’s surgery will arrange the issuing of the Death Certificate.
In a Nursing Home the staff would normally contact the GP, and they will be able to advise you on collecting the Death Certificate.
If death has occurred in a hospital, the Death Certificate is normally issued through the hospital doctors. It is possible that the hospital may seek permission for a post-mortem to determine the exact cause. It is important to remember that there is no obligation on your behalf to have a post-mortem (unless the Coroner is involved) and the final decision is yours.
If the funeral is going to involve a cremation and the Coroner is not involved, you have a right to inspect the medical forms for cremation. If you wish to inspect these forms, we can advise you.