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For useful information on what to do when someone has died please visit the Teignbridge Council website: HERE

If Death Occurs At Home

1. Telephone the Surgery or ring 111 if the Surgery is closed. A visit will be arranged by a healthcare professional to verify (confirm) the death: this may be by one of the District Nursing team rather than your GP.

2. Contact the preferred Funeral Director who will arrange to collect the body of the deceased.

3. Arrange to collect the doctor's Medical Certificate of Death (usually from the Surgery where the person who has died has been registered).

4. Telephone the Registrar's Office to arrange an appointment to register the death: ring 0345 155 1002

5. Take the Medical Certificate of Death to the Registrars Office (together with the deceased's Medical Card and Birth Certificate, if available) for the area in which the death took place. This is normally the Newton Abbot Registrar at Old Forde House. Alternatively you can register by declaration at any convenient Registrars Office but certificates will not be available as these will have to be posted to you a few days later.

6. The Registrar will normally issue a Green coloured certificate for you to give to your funeral director who will look after necessary arrangements for the funeral. The Registrar will also issue a white notification certificate for the Department of Work & Pensions. They will also enquire as to the number of Certified Copies you require for dealing with the deceased's finances (a fee is payable for each copy).

If The Death Occurs In Hospital

1. Contact a funeral director to inform him his services are required.

2. Collect the certificate from the hospital then follow 4 - 5 as above

Note For Cremation

Your funeral director will usually liaise directly with the surgery regarding the additional certification required.

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