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.
Technicians can be contacted via switchboard outside normal working hours for professional advice or to deal with bereavement related issues
Currently unavailable – please contact the department on 01392 403060 for guidance
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.
The mortuary and chapel of rest are located behind the pathology building. If coming from the main hospital the directions are as follows:-
|Dr R Rajab||Consultant Histopathologist & HTA Designated Individual||01392 402982|
|Martin Goddard||Mortuary Manager||01392 403052|
|John Prior||Deputy Mortuary Manager||01392 403067|
|Enquiries 01392 403060|
To report a community death to the Coroner please call 01392 225696 / 225690
To discuss a hospital death, please call 01392 408396