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 people when a patient has died in hospital. The team will liaise with them to provide the medical certificate, co-ordinate cremation forms where appropriate, and give advice on registration. The team will also provide advice on 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, and provide details on what will happen next.
Royal Derby Hospital
The office is open Monday to Friday between 8:30am - 4:30pm.
During busy periods your call may be diverted to an answer machine. Please leave a message with your contact details and we will return your call at the earliest opportunity.
On call manager: via switchboard
Mortuary: via switchboard 01332 340 131
Registrar: via switchboard 01332 340 131
Coroner via switchboard 01332 340 131
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:
Telephone: 01332 786025
In most cases, we will be able to issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD), indicating the cause of death. You will be advised whether we are able to issue an MCCD or not, or if a coroners referral is required. Once an MCCD has been issued by the hospital, you will not need to collect from the hospital. Since Covid-19 regulations came in, hospitals send MCCDs to registrars electronically. This is continuing even now Covid-19 regulations have ended. Once the MCCD has been shared with the registrar, a registration of death can take place.
Please be aware, that the paperwork required may take over 24 hours to be processed, and you may be asked to call back at a later time. However please be assured we will do everything we can to get this completed as quickly as possible for you.
When we are unable to provide a medical certificate, the death will be referred to the coroner and you 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 with the Derby Register Service - 01332 641680.
At UHDB, our chaplain team offer support for all patients, families and staff during their time in hospital. Visit the chaplaincy page > for more information.
Visit The Good Grief Trust website (opens in new window) > for information and support services for different types of grief.
The leaflet below is available to relatives and provides useful and helpful information, at what is often a difficult and distressing time.
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.
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.
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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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