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Sudden Death and the Coroner
CORONER'S POST MORTEM AND INQUESTS

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8. When is the post mortem done ?

 

Post mortems need to be done as soon as possible, usually within a few days of death, to avoid loss of information. In some circumstances, your relative may be taken to a mortuary where a specialist pathologist can perform the post mortem. If your relative is moved, this should always be done with dignity and respect by professional funeral directors.

You should be informed of the date, time and place of a post mortem and also that a medical representative of your choosing can be present at the post mortem. Only very rarely should a coroner’s post mortem be performed without relatives' knowledge because they or their whereabouts are not known to the coroner.

If there is concern about the conduct of a hospital or clinical treatment, you should ensure that the coroner is aware of this and request, in writing, that a pathologist unconnected with the hospital or doctor should perform the post mortem and that you may wish to exercise your right to have a medical representative present.

 

 

 

 

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