Is a post-mortem required?

Occasionally, a doctor may ask for a hospital post mortem examination to be carried out in order to understand more clearly what happened, and to clarify the cause of death.

If the doctor wishes to carry out a post mortem, they must ask for your permission and explain fully what you are being asked for, before asking you to sign a consent form. If this should be the case, someone will talk to you about it, usually before you leave the hospital.

If you have particular concerns or queries relating to post-mortem examinations, please feel free to contact Bereavement Services with your questions. We will make every effort to help answer your query, or find another person who can.