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When the death of a patient occurs during normal working hours and the next of kin request that the deceased be removed immediately from the hospital, the Bereavement Office should be contacted and will facilitate this. The Bereavement Office at St Peter’s Hospital is manned between 08.00 and 16.00 hours Monday - Friday.

This policy deals only with deaths occurring outside normal working hours. For this policy ‘outside normal working hours’ is defined as between 16.00 and 08.00 hours Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Charlotte Broughton, Head of Patient Experience and Involvement
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: February 2022
Date Issued: February 2022
Review Date: December 2024
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Charlotte Broughton, Head of Patient Experience and Involvement


See also:

  • Policy and Procedure for the Early Release of a Baby
  • Care of the Bereaved Guidelines for Best Practice
  • Statement of Practice Admission and Release of bodies at Ashford and St Peters Mortuary
  • Guidelines for Using the Interpreting Service