In less common circumstances, when a death occurs and the causes are not easily established, a Coroner’s inquest may be necessary. The Coroner can open an inquest and adjourn to a later date. The Coroner will then release the Deceased to enable the funeral to take place.
Eg outside of home or hospital in the UK, or abroad. We can provide advice and help arrange the funeral.
Call your GP who must be informed to arrange a visit immediately to confirm death. The doctor may be a locum. Please then telephone us to let us know that you have called the GP.
After the visit and with the GP’s permission please then telephone us again to ask us to bring the Deceased into our care. The GP will request that you collect the Medical Cause of Death Certificate from the surgery, often the next working day, to take to the Register Office.
– If however death was not expected, or the GP had not seen the deceased in the last fourteen days, then the Deceased may be taken into the Coroner’s care to investigate the cause.
The doctor’s Medical Cause of Death Certificate has a number which must be quoted if you have to make an appointment to see the Registrar.
If you have chosen to arrange a cremation then the GP has additional paperwork to complete we request on your behalf. The Deceased’s GP may contact you again to confirm circumstances of the cause of death, and additionally you will receive a second independent GP’s call to confirm the same. This is nothing to worry about, just a legal necessity.
If death was expected, usually the next of kin or other responsible person will contact the Hospital Bereavement Office in working hours for the Medical Cause of Death Certificate.
This is taken to the local Registrar in the area where death occurred, who will then issue copies of Death Certificates (more details in further pages).
The hospital needs to know if a cremation will be taking place for particular forms to be filled in. Usually we are permitted to take the Deceased into our care after death registration, during working hours.
– If the death was not expected, there will be Coroner’s involvement. If a Coroner is involved it is often for only a few days, during which time the Coroner’s Officer keeps relatives informed of the situation.
The date of the funeral and other provisional arrangements can be made at your earliest convenience, before registration. They are often made by the next of kin, or an executor of a Will if one exists – but for the funeral to take place, registration and funeral paperwork has to be in place some days before the funeral. Usually the next of kin will register, or if not possible, somebody else by arrangement with the Registrar (see further on).
Click below for contact information on register offices near you.
Tel: 020 7364 7880
Bromley Public Hall, Bow Road, London E3 3AA
No need to make appointments – closed for lunch.
For London Chest and Royal London Hospitals call directly.
Tel: 020 7600 4977
St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Pathology Block Room 36 – 37
London EC1A 7BE
Direct line: 020 8270 4744
Appointments not currently necessary
but telephone to check opening times for
Arden House, 198 Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex IG11 8SY
Whipps Cross Hospital direct line: 020 8496 2716;
or London Borough of Waltham Forest direct line : 020 8496 3000
106 Grove Road, Walthamstow, London E17 9BY.
Appointments also online at www.walthamforest.gov.uk
Direct line: 01992 572788; or Essex County Council: 0845 603 7632 Saint John’s Road, Epping, Essex CM16 5DN. Visit their website »
Queens Hospital deaths – Registrar usually available on site with appointment
Non-hospital deaths – Please follow this link to book an appointment with the Registrar on site at South Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Road, Corbets Tey RM14 2UY. Visit their website »
Directly for urgent registrations: 01708 433481;
or London Borough of Havering: 01708 434343