Coroner's Procedure in Cornwall
If someone dies unexpectedly, Her Majesty's Coroner will become involved. By unexpectedly, we mean the person that has passed away has not seen their own doctor within fourteen day; if the death was sudden; or as a result of an accident.
When a person dies in their own home, a care home or hospital, under these circumstances the doctor who is called to pronounce the death will contact the H. M. Coroner's office. They in turn instruct the police to attend the place of death. The police will then speak with any other family who were present at the time of death or who live in that residence. They will collate any information leading up to the death including any medication details.
The police will then instruct on behalf of the H. M. Coroner a removal firm, which is on their contracted list for that area to remove the body to the nearest Hospital, normally R. C. H. Treliske, Truro, Cornwall for a post mortem examination. The firm who are contracted are there only to remove the body, and the next of kin have no obligation whatsoever to use this firm to carry out funeral arrangements, the police are there to supervise the whole procedure and should be the only point of contact. There is no charge to the family for any part of the H. M. Coroner's procedure. The next of kin are then left to use their own freedom of choice to contact their own funeral director to make the funeral arrangements at a more settled time.
For more information on what you should do in the event of someone's sudden death please call us on Padstow 01841 532463 or Wadebridge 01208 820009.