Airedale Hospital provides a full bereavement service to help friends and relatives to cope with their grief if a loved one is lost. On this page you will find information about what to do next should you unfortunately find yourself bereaved.
The first step
The hospital will issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. On the morning following your bereavement please ring the Bereavement Officer at Airedale Hospital between 8.30 am and 9.00 am Monday – Friday on Tel 01535 652511 Ext 4329 (no direct telephone number).
An appointment will then be made for you to collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death and any belongings which are at the hospital.
If the death occurs on a weekend, please ring the Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a bank holiday) following your bereavement (8.30 am – 9.00 am)
If the death occurs over a bank holiday period, please ring on the first working day following your bereavement (8.30 am – 9.00 am)
What happens when I get to the hospital?
On arrival at Airedale you should report to the area as directed by the Bereavement Officer. The Bereavement Officer works from 8.00 am – 1.00 pm Monday to Friday. If possible tell the Bereavement Officer whether you want a cremation or burial. This can save time by getting appropriate forms signed by hospital doctors. Once the decision is made the hospital will deal with the forms for you.
What do I do with the certificate?
All deaths must be registered in the district in which they occur, even if the deceased lived elsewhere. This should be done within five working days of the death certificate being issued, unless there has been intervention by the Coroner.
The certificate should be taken to a Registrar of Births and Deaths. This can be by appointment either at Airedale Hospital or at the Keighley or Bradford Register Offices. The Registrar usually attends Airedale three mornings a week and appointments can be made through the Bereavement Officer. Appointments at Keighley or Bradford can be made by telephoning 01274 432151.
If there is difficulty for you to travel to the district a declaration of death may be attested at any Register Office in England and Wales. It is advisable before you decide on this route of registration to contact Keighley Register Office, as there may be delays for you organising the funeral.
Keighley Register Office, Town Hall, Bow Street, Keighley, BD21 3PA. All registrations are by appointment only. Tel 01274 432151.
Monday to Friday 9.15 am – 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Saturdays 9.00 am – 11.00 am
Should the need arise for documents to be issued by the Registrar for funerals to take place outside of these office hours please contact your funeral director for further information.
Who can register the death?
Certain people have a legal duty to give information, in order of preference (interpreted by the Registrar), they are as follows:
A relative of the deceased, who was present at the death.
A relative of the deceased who was in attendance during the illness.
Any relative residing or being in the district where the death occurred.
Anyone present at the time of death.
An occupier of the house where the death occurred.
The person arranging the funeral but NOT the funeral director.
What will I need to give the Registrar?
You will need the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death and if possible, the deceased’s Medical Care and Birth certificate.
What will the Registrar ask me about?
The dates and places of birth and death.
The full name and marital status.
The home address.
Last occupation (even if retired)
If married – the date of birth of the surviving partner.
If female – maiden name and husband’s full name and occupation.
The Registrar will then issue you with two certificates:
A GREEN certificate, which is needed by the funeral director in order for a funeral to take place.
A WHITE certificate, which is needed for Social Security purposes.
At this time, it is possible to purchase a certified copy of the Death Certificate from the Registrar. You may need this document to send to banks, building societies, insurance companies etc. You may find more than one copy useful, as some organisations will not accept photocopies.
When do I contact the funeral director?
As soon as you wish, even before you have obtained a death certificate. The funeral director will also be able to give help, advice and support.
When is the Coroner involved?
The law requires that the hospital informs the Coroner of the death in certain cases, such as;
Deaths of patients which occur within 24 hours of hospital admission
Sudden, violent or unnatural death where cause is unknown or cannot be ascertained.