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Bereavement services at Royal Derby Hospital

The bereavement service provides a sensitive, empathetic approach to the individual needs of relatives, at a time of loss.

When you lose someone you love, it can be a devastating experience. Grief is unique and only you know how you are feeling. You may feel unsure about the practical things that you now have to do. We are here to help you through this.

Our bereavement service provides support and information for bereaved families when a patient has died in hospital.  The team will liaise with the family to provide the medical certificate, co-ordinate cremation forms where appropriate, and give advice on registration and arranging funerals where there is no next of kin.

When someone has died, a medical certificate will be issued or the death will be referred to the Coroner. Our staff will advise you which will apply.

Contact the Bereavement Service at Royal Derby Hospital

Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 8NE

The office is open Monday to Friday.


01332 785 557

01332 788 328

01332 787 097


07387 248 761

Medical Examiner

All trusts are required to have a Medical Examiner system in place by 1 April 2020, which provides a greater level of scrutiny for all deaths that occur in the hospital. The purpose of the medical examiner system will be to:

  • ensure greater scrutiny of all non-coronial deaths
  • ensure that appropriate direction of deaths to the Coroner
  • have a better service for the bereaved and an opportunity to raise any concerns to a doctor not involved in the care of the deceased
  • improve the quality of death certification
  • improve the quality of mortality data


Telephone: 01332 786025

Issuing the medical certificate

In most cases, we will be able to issue a medical certificate, indicating the cause of death, which should be collected from the bereavement service. To arrange collection, please telephone the bereavement service on the day following death or for deaths occurring during the weekend, please telephone on the next working day.

Referrals to the coroner

When we are unable to provide a medical certificate, the death will be referred to the Coroner and relatives will be advised when to contact the Coroner’s office.

How a death is registered

When the hospital has issued a medical certificate the death should be registered within five days.  An appointment can be made to see the Registrar at the hospital where the patient died (Royal Derby Hospital).   Alternatively, the registration can be completed at the Derby Register Service - 01332 641680

To book a registration appointment at the Royal Derby Hospital:


01332  785 557

01332 788 328

01332 787 097


07387 248 761

Information and support

The leaflet below is available to relatives and provides useful and helpful information, at what is often a difficult and distressing time.

A practical guide about what to do when someone has died (opens in a new window) >

The Macmillan Cancer Information Centre > provides information in a supportive environment for anyone seeking advice in relation to cancer or palliative care issues.

We have a specialist bereavement midwife who is able to provide support and advice to parents and families following the death of a baby during pregnancy. 

The bereavement midwife can be contacted via the Royal Derby Hospital Switchboard on 01332 340 131.

Independent counselling and support services

Counselling and support services are available independently. Local organisations include:

Cruse Bereavement Care

Telephone:  01332 332 098 

Visit the Cruse Bereavement Care website (opens in new window) >

Compassionate Friends

Telephone:  01283 073 2161

Visit the Compassionate Friends website (opens in new window) >

The Laura Centre (for children and when a child dies)

Telephone: 01332 408 026

Visit the Laura Centre website (opens in new window) >

Specialist Bereavement Midwives

Sadly, not every pregnancy has a happy outcome and some end in the loss of a much wanted baby. The role of the bereavement midwife is to provide immediate, long term sensitive care and support for families following a late pregnancy loss, stillbirth and neonatal death.

Although the role of the bereavement midwife is hospital-based, they can see families at home giving help and guidance with the necessary practical requirements such as registering the death, funeral arrangements, supporting the family’s emotional needs and helping to create positive memories of their baby.

They are also on hand to provide advice, plans of care, and ongoing support for women in subsequent pregnancies where required.

Contact us

Royal Derby Hospital

Angela Thompson
Specialist Bereavement Midwife
Telephone: 01332 789 791

Queen's Hospital Burton

Joanne Shillito
Specialist Bereavement Midwife 
Telephone: 01283 511 511 ext 4383

Samantha Evans
Specialist Bereavement Midwife
Telephone: 01283 511 511 ext 4383


We Value Your Opinion

Please accept our sympathies for your loss.

It is important to us that we provide the best possible care and support, not only for patients but also those whom they share their lives. We sincerely hope that we have been able to provide you and your loved one with the support and comfort you have needed at this time.

Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Feedback can help us understand what we are doing well and what we can improve upon for others who may be going through a similar experience. Your views are important to us and can help us improve our services.

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