What to do if someone dies
It is a legal requirement for a doctor to confirm that someone has passed away. There is no need to move the patient. If a doctor has recently seen the patient, a death certificate can normally be issued. However, in the event of unexpected death, the doctor will need to notify the coroner. Please be aware that when undertakers from outside of the practice area are chosen, it can cause a delay in issuing the cause of death certificate. This is because the doctor must see the patient in order to issue the certificate.
If a death occurs at home
If death occurs in hospital
Once you are in possession of the death certificate
Should you need further advice or support on coping with bereavement, please speak to your GP. Help is also available through Cruse Bereavement Care Suffolk on 01284 767674 or at http://www.suffolkcruse.co.uk/contact-us/