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If the person died at home call your GP and nearest relative immediately.
If the GP has seen the deceased in the last 28 days for what he/she believes has caused death then he/she can certify the death.
However, if the GP has not seen the deceased in last 28 days, or has seen the deceased in the last 28 days but not for what he/she believes has caused the death then the coroner is informed.
If the person died in hospital then the body will usually stay in the hospital mortuary until a funeral director or the relative arrange for the body to moved to a chapel of rest or home.
A Medical certificate of the Cause of Death (MCCD) is issued by the doctor who was treating the deceased, unless the coroner needs to be informed.
In April 2014, Medical Examiners will be introduced to independently scrutinise and confirm the cause of death when it is not referred to the coroner, they will also be the primary source of general medical advice to coroners. This role is currently being piloted in a number of locations in the UK.
When a death is referred to the coroner he is likely to request an autopsy (post-mortem investigative operation) to be carried out.
If the coroner, after the autopsy has been carried out views there is no reason for an inquest an Order of Burial can be issued, or in the case of cremation a Certificate of Coroner, Form Cremation 6.
If the coroner believes an inquest needs to occur there are three options:-
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