In some cases a death needs to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal. This usually happens if the death has been sudden, unexpected or accidental or if the death is suspicious or unexplained.

The medical staff at the hospital, hospice or your GP will contact the Procurator Fiscal, who may decide to investigate the death. This may involve:

speaking with the person’s GP, relatives, friends or those present at the time of death; and a Post-mortem examination (In these cases your consent is not required).

Please try not to be too concerned about the Procurator Fiscal’s involvement or the involvement of the police who may assist in the investigation, as it is quite normal for the Procurator Fiscal to investigate sudden and unexpected deaths. None of this should stop you making funeral arrangements. Your Funeral Director will be able to communicate with the hospital to obtain any information required to proceed.