What to Do When Someone Dies in a Public Place

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A public place refers to anywhere that’s not a care facility or someone’s home. This may be a hotel, a school, sports club or a road.

If the death seems to have been natural however, the ambulance service believes that additional resuscitation and transfer to hospital isn’t required, the police will usually arrange for the funeral director working for the coroner to remove the body to the closest public mortuary (this may be found at a hospital). The ambulance service can do this if the deceased person is located in a very public place, such as a shop.

As most deaths in public places are unexpected, they are reported by the authorities to the coroner who will usually order a post mortem examination unless a doctor has been treating the person for a state which might have caused a sudden collapse.

If the death was unnatural, the police will be in charge of the region and will arrange for a funeral director working for the coroner to remove the body to the closest public mortuary. This may be in a hospital.