Following the recent government guidance, the Southam Surgery team want to reassure our patients that we are still fully operational & working hard to ensure the best possible care for our local community. Read More.
In times of bereavement
- Telephone the Practice within working hours or call 111 (Out of Hours) if the Surgery is closed
- A Doctor will then visit to confirm the death
- Once the death has been verified, contact a funeral director who will come to collect the body of the deceased.
Arrange to collect the Medical Certificate for the Cause of Death (MCCD); this is usually from the surgery.
- This will not be ready immediately and in some cases will require referral to the Coroner.
- Please click on the link to get further information about this and who will issue the MCCD in these circumstances.
Once you have collected the MCCD you can make an appointment with the local Registrar’s Office.
- You will normally need to do this within 5 days of the death; these time limits do not always apply if your relative has been referred to the Coroner.
- Please do not make an appointment with the Registrar until you have the MCCD to avoid having to rearrange your appointment.
- On attending the appointment, you will need to bring the MCCD and the deceased’s Birth Certificate (if available)
- If you want to register for the Government’s Tell Us Once service, you will need to bring further paperwork
Book an Appointment with the Registrar’s Office
- These are located around the country; click on the link to find your local Registrar Office
- It is usually more efficient to attend the Registrar’s Office for the area in which the death took place as the relevant paperwork will be available more readily.
- Alternatively, you can register at any convenient Registrar’s Office but certificates will not be available immediately and will have to be posted to you a few days later.
- The Registrar will normally issue you with a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director. The Registrar will also issue a white Death Certificate.
- In the event of a cremation, the funeral directors will usually liaise with the surgery regarding any forms that will need to be obtained.