Death Registration and Cremation

We appreciate that it can be a very emotional and stressful time when a loved one dies and that for some the stress can be compounded because of the wish for a rapid registration of death and often cremation; in some instances within 24 hours.

The practicalities of the hours that our doctors work and English law mean that often we will not be able to accommodate this wish. In common with most of the general practice, Farnham Road Practice is open 08.00 to 18.30 Monday to Friday and is closed outside these hours and at the weekend and on Bank and Public Holidays.  Many GPs in the United Kingdom work part-time and this is the case for our doctors.

Death Certificates can only be signed by a doctor who has seen a patient in the fourteen days preceding their death.  If the Doctor is not able to issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, then the death will need to be referred to the Coroner and the Coroner's office will then liaise directly with the family. Patients who are being cremated require an additional form to be signed by two doctors, one of whom must be the GP who signed the death certificate and the other doctor must be from a different practice. 

Whilst we will try to help you to achieve the desired funeral arrangements you should be aware that we will not always be able to meet your preferred timescale.