The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Bereavement Services


COVID-19 INFORMATION

Due to the current situation, the Trust has needed to make some changes to how we support you when someone dies in one of our hospitals.

Please contact the relevant Bereavement Office using the contact details below, on the next working day after the patient has died.

The Bereavement Team will take some details from you and explain what happens next.

You will not need to come into the hospital to collect the medical certificate of cause of death; the Bereavement Office will send the certificate directly to the Registry Office and they will contact you in order to register the death over the phone. The death certificate copy or copies will be posted out to you.

Bereavement Services can arrange to return property and valuables to relatives if they wish. The nominated contact will be phoned to see if they would like the patient's property returned. Instructions will then be given on how to collect the property via a 'drive through'.

Unfortunately, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend visiting in the hospital Chapel of Rest for adult patients. Please note, this only applies to adult patients.

Leeds City Council has made some changes in relation to funerals; please click here to find out more about this:

Video for Distant Memorials is a free service which has been set up whilst social distancing is affecting attendance at funerals. Click here for more information.

You may find some of the information on this page helpful regarding next steps. Please look at the menu on the left hand side. Alternatively; the website below contains advice and guidance about money and property and further help and support.

https://www.bereavementadvice.co.uk/

Bereavement support organisations are working to support bereaved people whilst unable to offer face to face support. If you feel you need support; consider how you may be able to access this, for example by telephone or webchat. Cruse Bereavement Care has developed some information which can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief

Leeds Bereavement Forum has COVID-19 related information and resources on their website, click the link below:

http://lbforum.org.uk/news-and-events/covid-19-useful-bereavement-links-and-resources/

Click here for information about the COVID-19 Support Line; available to anyone in Leeds who has family members or friends who are critically ill or who have died from any illness during the pandemic.

For people with a learning disability; Books Beyond Words have created free resources to support people in relation to the COVID pandemic. Click the link below:

https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/   

The Bereavement Services Team

The Bereavement Services team help guide you through the necessary arrangements after someone has died. Please contact us using the numbers below if required.

St James's University Hospital
Gledhow Wing, Level 4
0113 206 4162 / 0113 206 6432
Leeds General Infirmary
Brotherton Wing, B Floor
0113 392 3560 / 0113 392 2674

Lines are open Monday to Friday from 08:30 until 16:30

Alternatively you can email us anytime at leedsth-tr.BereavementTeam@nhs.net