The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


When a death is referred to HM Coroner


In some circumstances - a doctor from the hospital may refer a death to Her Majesty’s Coroner. You will be told by either the doctor making the referral or a member of the Bereavement Services team if a death has been referred to HM Coroner - you will then receive a call from one of the Coroner’s officers to explain their role and discuss what happens next. When a death has been referred to HM Coroner the hospital is unable to act until we have been informed of what action HM Coroner has decided to take.

HM Coroner is a judicial office holder who is independent from the hospital and local government.

When a death is reported to a coroner, he or she:

• firstly establishes whether an investigation is required;

• if yes, investigates to establish the identity of the person who has died; how, when, and where they died; and any information required to register the death; and

• uses information discovered during the investigation to assist in the prevention of other deaths where possible.

 You can find more information about the role of HM Coroner and answers to frequently asked questions by clicking here.

HM Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern)

The Senior Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern) covering the Leeds and Wakefield districts is David Hinchliff LLB LLM DipFMSA.

HM Coroners Office

71 Northgate

Wakefield

WF1 3BS

Tel: 01924 302 180

Fax: 01924 302 184

Email: hmcoroner@wakefield.gov.uk