A death may be reported to a coroner for a number of reasons, including:
- if the cause of death is unknown
- if the death was violent or unnatural
- if the death was sudden and unexplained
- if the person who has died was not visited by a medical practitioner during their final illness
- if the medical certificate is not available
- if the person who has died wasn’t seen by the doctor who signed the medical certificate within 14 days before death.
- if the death occurred during an operation
- if the medical certificate suggests the death may have been caused by an industrial disease
The Coroner's office will consider the circumstances and look at any medical history before deciding whether to instruct a Doctor to issue a medical certificate or asking a Pathologist to perform a post-mortem examination.
In either case the Coroners office will keep you informed of their decision and we can advise the procedure involved in obtaining the death certificates.
We understand that a sudden death together with the Coroner’s involvement can be distressing and we will on your behalf, liaise with the Coroners Office at all stages to keep you informed.
Here are the contact details for the Coroners offices in our area:
Swansea & Neath Port Talbot Coroners Office: 01792 450650
South Wales Central Coroners Office (includes Bridgend and Cardiff): 01443 281100 / 01443 281101