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What Happens When Someone Dies?

In Hospital

If the death occurs in hospital, the hospital staff will contact the person named by the deceased as next of kin. This may be, but need not be, a relative. The hospital will advise whether it is possible for a doctor to issue the medical certificate, and when this will be available for collection. If a doctor who has treated the deceased is unable to issue a death certificate the death will be reported to HM Coroner for that district.

Please note that hospital bereavement offices are usually only open during normal working weekdays.

At Home or in a Nursing Home

If the death was expected, contact the doctor who attended the deceased during their final illness, if the death occurred at a Nursing Home the staff will contact the doctor. If the doctor can certify the cause of death you will be given:


If death is sudden or unexpected, you should contact the following people:

If there is any reason to suspect that the death was not due to natural causes, do not touch or remove anything in the room. The death may be referred to the coroner.

For advice contact us as soon as possible.

The Coroner is involved

In any of the following circumstances the doctor may report the death to the coroner:

If the person who has died has not been seen or treated by a doctor within the last 14 days or has been admitted into hospital less than 24 hours before they died the death must be reported to the coroner.

For advice contact us as soon as possible.

Registering a Death

All deaths must be registered in the area where it occurred, although it is possible to give the information in another area. The process of registering a death involves a short interview with a Registrar in a Registrars Office. The main registrars offices in Doncaster, Worksop and Retford are as follows:

The Register Office,
Elmfield Park,
South Parade,
Tel 01302 735222

The Register Office,
Memorial Avenue,
S80 2BP
Tel 0300 500 8080

Notts County Council Offices,
Chancery Lane,
DN22 6DG
Tel 0300 500 8080

Consultations with registrars are by appointment only and you must produce the relevant information and documents to register a death. Personal information about the deceased required includes their full name and address, their date of birth, details of location and time of death, and their occupation if applicable. If the deceased is a married woman her maiden name is also required as well as her husband’s full name and occupation.

You will also need to produce the ‘certificate of cause of death’, more commonly known as the death certificate. The death certificate is given to you by a GP or hospital doctor.

In the event a coroner is involved, the issuing of a death certificate can be delayed. A coroner is involved when there is to be a post mortem examination or inquest into the death.

A death certificate will not be issued until the coroner has conducted the examination or inquest. This can take some time and can have an effect on the funeral plans.

Only certain people can register the death. These include any relative of the deceased, any person present at the death, any person who lives in the house where the person died, or any person arranging the funeral, other than the funeral director.

On completion of registering a death the registrar will issue you with two certificates. One of these is a white certificate to be filled out and given to the social security office in the area the person has died. The other certificate is green and should be given to W.E. Pinder & Son Funeral Directors as soon as possible.

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