If your loved on passes away in hospital, a member of staff will contact the deceased’s N.O.K. The hospital will advise if it is possible for the Doctor to issue the medical certificate and when this will be available for collection. If the Doctor is unable to issue a certificate the death will be reported to the HM Coroner.
At Home or in a Nursing Home
If your loved ones passing was expected you will need to contact the Doctor who attended during their final illness. If the passing occurred at the nursing home the staff will contact the Doctor. If the Doctor can certify the cause of death you will be given the medical certificate. You will also be given a formal notice which states that the doctor has signed the medical certificate and tells you how to register the death.