The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Visiting a person who has died

COVID-19: Unfortunately, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend all visiting in the hospital Chapel of Rest for adult patients. Please contact us if you need more information about this. 

Care After Death

After someone dies in the hospital, they are taken to the mortuary where they can be cared for in a cold environment. Here they are cared for by anatomical pathology technicians (APTs). APTs ensure the person is safe and their dignity is maintained. They will also support you if you wish to visit someone who has died in the hospital; see below for information.

Visiting at the hospital

After a bereavement some relatives choose to visit their loved one at the hospital.

Appointments are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 3.30pm. Please call the relevant Chapel of Rest using the contact details below. The staff will agree a time with you and they will give you directions to the Chapel of Rest. When you arrive they will then come to meet you and support you through your visit.

Please note that visiting appointments are for half an hour and must be pre-booked by calling the Chapel of Rest.

St James's University Hospital - 0113 206 4312 (8am-4.30pm)
Leeds General Infirmary - 0113 392 3313 (8am-4.30pm)

Evening and weekend visiting

If you wish to visit during the evening or at the weekend please contact the ward where your relative died and they will facilitate a visit to the Chapel of Rest if staffing levels on the ward allow.

Visiting at the funeral directors

Some relatives prefer to visit their loved one at the funeral home. Most funeral directors will be able to help arrange this and you should call them to arrange a time to visit.