When a death occurs in a nursing or care home, the deceased’s usual doctor, or an on call doctor, will be called to confirm death. Only after the doctor has attended can the family or home staff call the funeral director to take the deceased into their care.
The deceased’s normal doctor will issue the Medical Cause of Death Certificate and this is normally collected from the surgery in order to register the death. You are welcome to contact us on 0113 3453160, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for any advice, to take your loved one into our care, or to start making provisional arrangements.
If the death is unexpected, the death may be reported to the Coroner in which case the police will attend on the Coroner’s behalf and the *Coroner’s nominated funeral director will be called to remove the deceased to hospital to await further investigations.
After the Coroner has carried out their investigations, they will release the body to the funeral director and supply the Register Office with the appropriate paperwork for the family to attend and register the death.
*Please note – You are under no obligation to use the Coroner’s funeral director for funeral arrangements. They are only contracted to convey the deceased to hospital, or store the body until it can be taken to the hospital if out of normal working hours. You are welcome to contact us on 0113 3453160, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for any advice or to start making provisional arrangements.