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Bereavement Support Services

Bereavement Support Services

Patient Information Leaflets

Bereavement Services provide support for Staff, family and friends following a death in Hospital, the Emergency Department or in the community when the body had been brought to the Hospital.

Procedures Provided

  • Supervision and completion of Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • Supervision and completion of Cremation papers
  • Referring appropriate deaths to HM Coroner
  • Supporting family/friends with HM Coroners and Registration of a death processes
  • Obtaining consent and supporting Staff and Relatives in the Hospital Post Mortem process
  • Arranging and meeting with Relatives to issue the MCCD
  • Arranging and accompanying relatives to viewings or identifications of the deceased
  • Updating IPM, tracking patients notes
  • Producing Electronic Discharge Letters to GP’s via ICE
  • Register the Death and arranging the Funeral for Patients who die in Hospital with no known next of kin.

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

  • Margaret Malcolm 
    Senior Bereavement Support Officer
  • Joanne Spurrier
    Bereavement Support Officer
  • Karen Jack
    Bereavement Support Officer
  • Pauline McHugh
    Bank Cover
  • Martin Russell
  • Julia Coots

  • Susmita Shah



Useful numbers/contacts - All staff can be contacted via switchboard

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday

Direct Line:
01582 497344

Bleep Number:

Peter Smith
Coroner's Officer
0300 300 6157

David Pearce:
Coroner's Officer
0300 300 4958

Sarah Millett
Senior Coroner's Officer
0300 300 6558

Outpatients booking department: 
01582 561385

01582 491166

Registration Office:
01582 548837

Bedfordshire Police HQ: 
01234 841212