Bereavement and Medical Examiner Service
About the Bereavement office
Our bereavement office supports families with the initial administrative processes after a death in hospital. They can also refer families on for bereavement support.
About the Medical Examiner service
All deaths in England and Wales must be discussed with a Medical Examiner.
Medical Examiners are senior doctors from a range of specialities including General Practice, who provide an independent review of deaths. They will only review cases where they have not been involved in the patient’s care.
The Medical Examiner will:
- Speak to the doctor to establish if an MCCD can be written or if a coroner’s referral is required
- Review the relevant medical notes to look for possible points of learning
- Speak to the next of kin to explain what is written on the MCCD, answer any questions and listen to any feedback regarding their care
Any information obtained or suggestions for more in depth review will be passed on the to the relevant clinical teams.
What happens following a death
Depending on where a death takes place there are different processes that are followed. These are detailed below: