Non-urgent advice: If Death Occurs At Home

Inform the surgery asap, a visit can be arranged for the Doctor to come out and certify the death. If surgery is closed, then please contact Out of Hours who will then arrange a Doctor to come and certify the death. 

Contact a funeral director.

Arrange to collect the doctor’s Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the surgery).

Take this to the Registrars Office, (together with the deceased’s Medical Card and Birth Certificate, if available) for the area in which the death took place. Alternatively you can register by declaration at any convenient Registrars Office but certificates will not be available as these will have to be posted to you a few days later.

The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the DSS. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased finances (a fee is payable for each copy).

Non-urgent advice: If The Death Occurs In Hospital

Contact a funeral director to inform them their services are required.

Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 – 5 as above

Note For Cremation

Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.


If you feel that you are not coping after suffering a loss, please make appointment with our Practice Nurse who will be happy to support you in any way she possibly can.