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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.
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:
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.
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.
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
The leaflet below is available to relatives and provides useful and helpful information, at what is often a difficult and distressing time.
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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.
Counselling and support services are available independently. Local organisations include:
Cruse Bereavement Care
Telephone: 01332 332 098
Telephone: 01283 073 2161
The Laura Centre (for children and when a child dies)
Telephone: 01332 408 026
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.
Royal Derby Hospital
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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.
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