If someone dies in hospital

Bereavement support in hospitalIf someone has died in hospital, the staff on the ward should be able to explain to you what will happen next.

You may wish to contact Spiritual Care and The Healthcare Chaplaincy Service which is available to offer compassionate, person-centred care to people of all backgrounds, faiths and belief groups and none. You can contact the team yourself, or ask a member of staff to help you.

Phone 0141 201 1100 (main switchboard) or you can email chaplains@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

The hospital staff will wash and clean the body of the person who has died, unless the patient has any faith or cultural belief that would necessitate alternative procedures.

If the death was expected and/or a death certificate has been issued by the Doctor, the body of the person who has died will be taken to the hospital mortuary. The family or next of kin can arrange for a funeral director to collect the body.

If the death was sudden or unexplained it must be reported to the Procurator Fiscal to determine the cause of death. Staff both in the hospital and at the Procurator Fiscal’s office will guide you through what will happen.

Support services

A list of support services, including contact details, is available.

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