What To Do When Someone Dies
Most people are uncertain of what to do following a death and the procedures vary throughout the UK but this short guide should help to get you on track and we are always here to offer advice and support.
When someone dies in hospital the staff there will arrange for a doctor to issue the Medical Certificate of Death, which you will need, along with other documentation, to register the death. If the death occurs at home or in a nursing home or hospice, relatives or nursing staff will usually arrange for the deceased’s doctor to issue the Certificate.
We will take the deceased into our care at any time of the day or night once relatives or nursing staff have informed us of the death.
When someone dies unexpectedly, the death will usually be referred to a coroner (in England and Wales), which may delay registering the death. There is no need to worry, please contact us as soon as possible and we can advise on the procedures involved and liaise with the coroner’s office if required.
Registering a death
The death will need to be registered in the region in which it occurred within 5 days in most cases. You will need to make an appointment to register so do call first or go online, you can check the nearest office for North Yorkshire and for County Durham by following the links.
Near our offices, there are registration centres at:
12 Queen’s Road
Tel: 01609 534190
Tel: 03000 260600
35 Cockton Hill Road
Tel: 03000 260600
Tel: 01325 346604
Tel: 01609 532096
The Murray Building
James Cook Hospital
Tel: 01642 835638
The registrar will require the following infomation;
- The deceased's date and place of Birth
- Maiden Name
- National Insurance Number
- Driving License
- NHS Medical Card Number
- Blue Badge (if applicable)
Copies of the Death Certificate, for Insurance and Bank purposes etc, can be obtained at the Registery Office at a cost of £4 each. Most Registrars will now offer to deal with state pension and Government Departments on your behalf under the 'Tell us Once' scheme.