Reporting deaths to the Coroner

Find out the circumstances upon which a death will be reported to the Coroner, and how this is done.

Deaths must be reported to the Coroner in certain circumstances.

Examples include deaths:

  • that are sudden or unexplained
  • that are unnatural
  • that occurred at work
  • where the deceased was in state detention

Further guidance

Reporting a death to the Coroner

The police, a doctor, or a registrar can report a death to the Coroner.

How a doctor needs to report a death

Follow the following steps (in accordance with the Notification of Deaths guidelines).

  1. Download GP notification form (Word, 492KB)
  2. Complete and send to coroners.service@suffolk.gov.uk

Other people can make a referral by:

You cannot report a death by phone.

What happens next?

Once a referral is received the Coroner's Officer will contact people that have been involved in the care of the deceased and those that have knowledge of the circumstances of the death.

These enquiries will be carried out as soon as possible, but often will take several days.

During this time you are welcome to appoint a funeral director of your choice, but please advise them that the Coroner is involved.

In some cases, as a result of the enquiries made, the Coroner will decide that a post-mortem is necessary.