When the Coroner is Involved
In some instances, the Doctors are legally required to discuss the death with the Coroner's office, for example:-
- The death occurred at work or was due to industrial disease or poisoning; for example coal mining dust or asbestos
- The death occurred within 24 hours of admission
- The death occurred within a year of surgery
- Death due or contributed to fractures or falls
- The deceased was not seen by a doctor during his or her last illness
- The cause of death is unknown.
This may cause a delay in issuing the certificate and registering. The Coroner may have to arrange a Coroner's post mortem examination. You will be told that this is happening, but you do not have the right to withhold your consent to the examination in this case.
If the post mortem shows that death was due to natural causes, the Coroner will issue a notification to the Registrar, known as the Pink Form (Form 100B) which gives the cause of death so that the death can be registered. If the body is to be cremated, the Coroner will give your chosen funeral director a Certificate for Cremation.
If there is to be an inquest, an Interim Certificate of Fact of Death can be issued by the Coroner. The Coroner will give you further information if this decision is made.
For further information and advice about the death which has been reported to the Coroner contact the Coroner's Office at:
HM Coroner's Service
The Council House
Old Market Square
Tel: 0115 841 5553
Fax: 0115 876 5689