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.


Bereavement support

A list of organisations offering support and advice for adults and children on coping with a death.

Organisation

How they can help

AMPARO

Provide emotional and practical support for anyone affected by suicide. 
Go to listening-ear.co.uk/amparo

Bereavement Register

Help to reduce the amount of direct mail sent to the address of a person who has died. Go to thebereavementregister.org.uk

Coroners’ Courts Support Services

A registered charity whose volunteers give emotional and practical support to families and other witnesses attending Inquests.

Suffolk Coroner’s Service work with the charity to ensure families feel supported through the Inquest process. Go to coronerscourtssupportservice.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care

Provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Go to cruse.org.uk

INQUEST

Provide free and independent advice to bereaved people following a death in state care or detention in England and Wales. Go to inquest.org.uk

The Lullaby Trust

Offers confidential bereavement support to anyone affected by the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or young child. Go to lullabytrust.org.uk

The Money Advice Service 

Free and impartial money advice. Go to moneyadviceservice.org.uk