- Death confirmation and certification
- Coronavirus Act – excess death provisions: information and guidance for medical practitioners from NHSE
Lambeth-specific: Do not give Death Certificate to family, instead retain and email to RegistrarsBackOffice@lambeth.gov.uk.
- Lambeth – instructions for completing MCC
- Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark: Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD)
Death in care homes
- Where a death is expected in a care home it continues to be the case that a competent, trained person is able to confirm death. Therefore a doctor does not need to confirm an expected death in a care home. Together with other partners in the system the CCG will ensure that the appropriate training is available for people working in the care home sector who would like to develop the skills and knowledge to enable them to feel competent to verify death. In the meantime, if a competent professional is unavailable, care home staff should contact the patient’s GP or out-of-hours provider in the usual way.
- CCGs are awaiting national guidance with regard to whether it is acceptable for a GP to support the verification of death remotely (as of 30 April).
PMART (Pandemic Multi Agency Response Team)
- PMART is deployed when there is a sudden, unexpected death, to assess whether the death is suspicious or non-suspicious. PMART can verify deaths (a clinician forms part of the team) when they are on site but this is only for deaths that were unexpected. All other deaths that were expected and have a clear cause still need to be verified by LAS, the GP or other suitable and competent person. PMART hub contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0300 111 2141.
Local instructions for other areas are not currently available.