If the cause of death is unknown or unnatural, the doctor will be unable to certify and issue the Certificate of Cause of Death (CCOD) on the spot. Police will be informed and the body will be sent to Mortuary@HSA.
Also read: What to do when a death occurs: 4 key steps
- All medical documents relating to the deceased
- All medicine consumed by the deceased
- Identification papers of the deceased and informant e.g. NRIC/Passport/Certificate of Registration of Birth/ FIN card
When to go to Mortuary@HSA
The family will be told by the Police when to head over. It is usually the next day.
At the Mortuary@HSA
- The Police Investigator will arrange for the family to view and identify the deceased's body in the presence of the Coroner.
- The Coroner will review the case and determine if an autopsy is required.
- The family will be informed of the Coroner's decision and the time to claim the body for the funeral.
However, if the autopsy reveals that the death is unnatural, the Police will need to conduct further investigations into the cause of death and the family will need to assist. Once the investigation is completed, the family will be told by the Police to attend a Coroner Inquiry at the Subordinate Courts.
Monday to Friday - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays - 8:00am to 12:30pm