Mortuary Services

The Mortuary cares for approximately 2500 patients and their families each year. It is both a hospital Mortuary as well as a public Mortuary.

Autopsies are performed in the department on behalf of H.M. Coroner and by request of Hospital Medical staff. The Mortuary is also the Regional Forensic Centre for Devon and Cornwall.

Facilities include a non-denominational viewing area and a fully equipped modern autopsy suite. The Mortuary holds a Human Tissue Authority (HTA) license and is fully accredited with Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd. Please download the Human Tissue Act 2004 policy here: HTA-public-policy (Word document).

One of the primary roles of the Mortuary is to care for the bereaved. Services such as ensuring timely and correct completion of legal documentation and facilitating the collection of the deceased by Funeral Directors form part of this care. Mortuary staff are experts in bereavement issues and provide support and advice to external agencies such as the Police as well as NHS staff and the bereaved.

The department is one of 10 special schemes run by NHS Blood and Transplant which actively participates in the retrieval of corneas for transplant.

Opening Time

Technicians can be contacted via switchboard outside normal working hours for professional advice or to deal with bereavement related issues

Viewing the deceased

A dedicated parking space is available for visitors wishing to view their relatives. It is located at the front entrance of the mortuary.

Please refer to POLICY ON THE CARE OF DECEASED ADULT PATIENTS for all matters relating to viewing.

Hospital Post Mortems

To arrange a Hospital Post Mortem please contact the Mortuary on ext 3060. The documents for this procedure are found under the Hospital Post Mortem Forms section.

How to find us

The mortuary and chapel of rest are located behind the pathology building. If coming from the main hospital the directions are as follows:-

 

Mortuary Staff

Name Title Telephone
Dr R Rajab Consultant Histopathologist 01392 402982
Martin Goddard Mortuary Manager 01392 403052
Nicola Cleave Deputy Mortuary Manager 01392 403053
Enquiries 01392 403060

 

Coroner’s Office

To report a death to the Coroner call 01392 403050

Name Title
 Leigh Bass  Coroner’s Officer
 Luisa Jones  Coroner’s Officer
 Claire Sainsbury  Coroner’s Officer
 Lindsay Ainsworth  Coroner’s Officer