Mortuary and Bereavement


Our pathology service is responsible for looking after people who have died in hospital and supporting their families.

We also care for the bereaved, as well as investigating deaths.

More on what we do

Post-mortems, also known as autopsies, are performed in our mortuary. Sometimes they are done on behalf of the coroner - the person who oversees an inquest into deaths from unnatural or unknown causes.

In other cases, a doctor can request a post-mortem to provide more information about an illness or the cause of death, or to further medical research. Occasionally, the partner or relative of the deceased person can ask for a hospital post-mortem.

Post-mortems provide useful information about how, when and why someone died. They also enable pathologists to obtain a better understanding of how diseases spread.

Our mortuary staff carry out all these tests but we are also experts in bereavement. We will help and guide you through the process, supporting you with legal paperwork and liaising with funeral directors about collecting the deceased.

We also provide support and advice to the police and NHS staff, as well as organising public information events about death and dying.

Contact us

To find out more, call 01392 403060.


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