Patients & Visitors

Care of the Dying

Registering the Death

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Contact Information
& Hours of Attendance
Registering by Declaration At the Registrar's Office
(includes what to take with you)

To register a death when a post mortem has to be carried out you will need a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. This is completed by the hospital doctor and given to you by the Patient Affairs Manager when you visit the hospital. In some circumstances the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths may need to report the death to the coroner.

Contact Information & Hours of Attendance

All deaths occurring in the Royal United Hospital must be registered, normally within five days, by taking the Medical Certificate to:

The Guildhall
High Street
Bath
BA1 5AW

Telephone: (01225) 477234

For opening hours and information on how to book an appointment, please visit:

Bath and Wessex House B21
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Combe Park
Bath
BA1 3NG

Appointments arranged via telephone: (01225) 477234

Hours of Attendance, by appointment only, are:
Monday and Thursdays: 9am - 4pm

Midsomer Norton
Radstock
BA3 2DT

Appointments are arranged through the Bath office on telephone: (01225) 477234

Hours of Attendance, by appointment only, are:
Wednesdays 9am-4pm Thursdays 9am-12.30pm Fridays 9am-4pm

The Patient Affairs Manager will give you directions to the Register Office, when you visit her. The Register Office is situated near to a large public car park.

Keynsham Civic Centre
Market Walk
Keynsham
BS31 1FS

Appointments are arranged through the Bath office
on telephone: (01225) 477234

Hours of Attendance, by appointment only, are:
Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm

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Registering by Declaration

It is now possible to make a declaration to your local register office, after first obtaining a medical certificate of cause of death from the hospital.

The information you provide at the local office will then be forwarded to the Register Office in Bath; you will subsequently receive the certificates by post from the Bath office.

Remember your local Register office will not issue you with certificates, and the funeral arrangements may be delayed.

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At the Registrar's Office

The death is registered by taking the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, issued by the hospital, to the Registrar.

Registration of the death should be undertaken by a close relative. If this is not possible, then check with the Registrar that you are qualified to register the death.

When you go to the Registrar take with you:

  • The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • The deceased's N.H.S. Medical Card (if possible)
  • Birth and marriage or civil partnership certificates
  • Any War Pension information

The Registrar will want to know the following information:

  • Date and place of death
  • Full name (and maiden name, if applicable)
  • Usual address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation (and the occupation of spouse or civil partner)
  • Pensions or allowances from public funds
  • If the deceased was married or had formed a civil partnership, the date of birth of the surviving widow, widower or civil partner

The Registrar will give you two certificates:

  1. Green Form (9)
    This is the undertaker's authority to proceed with the funeral arrangements
  2. White Form (BD8)
    You may need this form to claim or cease any benefit payment
  3. Death Certificate(s)
    For which a fee is payable

It is recommended that sufficient copies are obtained for Probate, insurance policies and savings accounts and investments.

It is recommended that sufficient copies are obtained for Probate, insurance policies and savings accounts and investments.

If there are any queries concerning registering the death please contact the Register Office on (01225) 477234.