Refer a death to the Coroner
If you’re a doctor, you should refer a death to the coroner if any of the following apply:
- You can’t state the likely cause of death
- You didn't attend the deceased during their last illness (attendance is interpreted as providing care or medical advice to the deceased and normally requires physical attendance)
- You didn’t see the deceased within the 14 days before their death, or at any time after death
- The cause of death is not natural
- The deceased was being detained, eg in police or mental heath custody, when they died
Completed forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure that you tell others in your team if you intend to refer a death to the Coroner, so they don’t issue an MCCD (medical certificate of cause of death) in the meantime.
Letting the family know
If you’re referring a death to the Coroner, or know that a death will be referred, please explain to the family:
- That you aren’t issuing the MCCD
- Why you aren’t issuing the MCCD
- That they can’t register the death at this time
- That you have referred the death to the Coroner
- A member of the Coroner’s staff will contact them in the coming days to explain what will happen next.