COVID-19 Episode 12: Managing Death in the Community

Now that the Greater Manchester Enabling Safe Certification of Death in the Community service is being stood down, we take the opportunity to talk through the new legislation (from the Coronavirus Act 2020) and how this applies in practice.

Dr Aamna Khan (GP and Clinical Lead for the Enabling Safe Certification of Death in the community service) and Dr Viren Mehta (GP partner, clinical director of his PCN and clinical director for Stockport CCG) take us through this important subject.

They discuss:

  • Expected and unexpected deaths and how these should be approached
  • Who should be referred to the coroner and when to write COVID-19 on the death certificate
  • Verification of death and who can do this
  • Who can complete paperwork such as the death certificate and cremation forms and the criteria that now needs to be satisfied to enable this to be done
  • Tips on how to complete this paperwork at the moment
  • The ways in which the registration process has changed
  • Thoughts on how practices and PCNs can think about their systems to make death in the community safer and smoother for everyone involved


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