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:

  1. You can’t state the likely cause of death
  2. 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)
  3. You didn’t see the deceased within the 14 days before their death, or at any time after death
  4. The cause of death is not natural
  5. The deceased was being detained, eg in police or mental heath custody, when they died

Download coroner's forms

Completed forms should be emailed to

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:

  1. That you aren’t issuing the MCCD
  2. Why you aren’t issuing the MCCD
  3. That they can’t register the death at this time
  4. That you have referred the death to the Coroner
  5. A member of the Coroner’s staff will contact them in the coming days to explain what will happen next.
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