The coroner

Following a death, a doctor will try to establish the cause of death non-invasively. A doctor must ask permission of the family to carry out post-mortem examinations.

If the doctor cannot establish the cause of death, or if the death was suspicious, they can contact the coroner. The coroner does not need the family's permission to conduct post-mortem examinations.

If your relative is referred to the coroner, you will be informed.