University Hospital of Wales Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Guideline Printed on Wed 23-jul-08
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Guidance for reporting a death to the Coroner

By virtue of s.1 Coroners and Justice Act 2009, a Coroner has a duty to investigate a death where there is reason to suspect that the death is:-


There are no statutory guidelines which set out which deaths have to be reported to HM Coroner. The categories of cases set out below are therefore for guidance only and if there is any doubt whether a death should be referred, advice from the Coroners Office should be sought.

A death should be reported to HM Coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that:-




A.R. BARKLEY HM Coroner October 2017


How to make a referral

There is now an electronic referral process.

The e-form must be completed in the bereavement office, and uploaded to the coroner via a secure portal connection.

Do not phone the coroner's office to make a referral.