01246 277 271
The Mortuary is staffed from 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday, (excluding bank holidays).
An out of hours service is available for cases under investigation by the Police/Home Office, special preparation of bodies for identification purposes and tissue retrievals. Contact is via the main hospital switchboard on 01246 277271.
Mortuary & Post Mortem Examination Services - The mortuary provides a service to both the hospital and the local Coroner and acts as the public mortuary for North East Derbyshire.
Bereavement - trained and experienced staff are on hand to offer practical help, advice and support often needed in the first few days when a family member passes away.
8:30am – 3:30pm for body removals and identification of deceased by doctors for pre-cremation certification.
11:00am - 3:00pm for viewing of deceased by relatives via an appointment system (dependent on workload)
The mortuary is accessible 24hrs a day for body deliveries (via portering staff). The portering staff can facilitate out of hours viewings if necessary.
Hospital (consented) post mortem examinations - to clarify the cause of death and extent of a known disease.
A medical certificate of the cause of death must be completed and handed to the relatives prior to the request for consent for examination. A fully completed hospital post mortem examination consent form must be signed by the relative/next-of-kin in the presence of the doctor requesting the examination. The doctor must complete a clinical summary. The signed consent form and summary along with the medical records must be forwarded to the mortuary without delay. The examination will be carried out as soon as it is practicable and the requesting clinical team will be informed of the date and time and called down afterwards to see the results.
The medical records along with completed clinical summary should be forwarded to the mortuary without delay.
The authorisation to carry out the examination and a brief account of the circumstances leading to the death is obtained from the Coroner's office by the mortuary staff.
Further information regarding death certification, cremation certification and any other general enquiry relating to death can be sought from the main mortuary office staff (2215), Service Manager (2217) or the duty Consultant Histopathologist (via the Histopathology Laboratory on 2262).
Information booklets are available for relatives from wards or the bereavement office, titled 'Examining the Body after Death’ and 'Bereavement'.
The Bereavement Service is staffed Monday & Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm.
The Bereavement Service is now in Suite 7 of the hospital and there is dedicated car parking space available in car park 9 for visitors.
Staff are available to supply the bereaved with accurate and useful information in a timely manner in order to assist the bereavement process.
The office run an appointment system and the staff will keep in contact with the next of kin to arrange the collection of the Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death and any property held by the Trust. The staff will also supply information and contact details for the Registrar of Births and Deaths and HM Coroner as necessary to the case.