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 in state detention
- Notification of deaths regulations 2019 guidance on GOV.UK
- Notification of deaths regulations 2019 legislation on legislation.gov.uk
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).
Other people can make a referral by:
- writing to: Suffolk Coroners Service, Beacon House, Whitehouse Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5PB
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.