The Coroner's Office
For immediate help or advice please call us on 01604 637852
(24 hours a day, 7 days a week) where our funeral director or one of our friendly staff will talk with you. For your peace of mind you know that when calling this number you will speak directly to a member of our family and not to a call centre operative. You will be guided and helped through the next stages and we will answer any questions you may have.
Information and guidance should you be under the care of the Coroner’s Office:
If the deceased has been under medical care, or has been seen by a doctor within 14 days of death, then the doctor can issue a Medical Cause of Death Certificate. However, if the deceased died without being seen by a doctor, or if a doctor is unwilling to make a determination, the Coroner will investigate the cause and manner of a death. The Coroner will also investigate when a death is deemed to be violent, unnatural or where the cause of death is not known. A Coroner’s investigation may involve a simple review of the circumstances, the ordering of a post-mortem examination, or in extreme situations the opening of an inquest. Once the Coroner has passed their verdict or during the investigations they will issue the relevant paperwork as necessary. The Coroner’s staff will keep you informed should this be the case.
When a death occurs and is sudden or unexpected the death may be reported to the Coroner in which case the police will attend the place of death on the Coroner’s behalf. The Coroner’s nominated funeral director* will be called to transfer the deceased to hospital to await further investigation. After the Coroner has carried out their investigations, they will release the deceased to the funeral director and supply the appropriate paperwork to allow the family to attend the Registrar’s Office and
register the death.
*Please note- You are under no obligation to use the Coroner’s nominated funeral director for your funeral arrangements. They are only contracted to convey the deceased to hospital.
If a death has been reported to the Coroner and you have not been given guidance by the Coroner’s staff, please call our office on 01604 637852 for advice. You are also welcome to contact us to start making provisional arrangements if you wish.
HM Coroner for the County of Northamptonshire:
If you wish to contact the Coroner about any matter please call 03000 111 222 (option 1 and ask for Northampton Coroner’s Office)
Northamptonshire Coroner’s Office
Tel: 101 or 03000 111 222 (option 1)
HM Coroner's Offices for Neighbouring Counties:
Oxfordshire Coroner’s Office
Oxfordshire District Register Office
1 Tidmarsh Lane
Tel: 0845 605 4174 or 01865 815020
Leicestershire Coroner’s Office
Tel: 0116 454 1021 / 1031 / 1061
Milton Keynes Coroner’s Office
1 Saxon Gate East
Central Milton Keynes
Bedfordshire Coroner’s Office
The Court House
Tel: 0300 300 8383
Buckinghamshire Coroner’s Office
29 Windsor End
IF IN DOUBT AT ANY TIME PLEASE CALL US ON 01604 637852
WHERE WE WILL ADVISE YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND GUIDE YOU THROUGH WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.