When someone dies

It is important to contact the doctor involved immediately. If the doctor is satisfied as to the cause of death, a death certificate will be issued. If the doctor is not satisfied as to the cause of death, he will contact the local coroner, who decides if a post mortem is necessary.

In the case of a post mortem being required, arrangements have to be made with the pathologist as to when this can take place. All sudden deaths are, by law, subject to a coroner post mortem.

Following a post mortem, no arrangements can made until clearance has been given and the body discharged, which is normally within 24 hours.