Post mortems and viewing facilities

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Post mortem examinations

Post mortem examinations are carried out for the Manchester City Area Coroner.

Hospital consented post mortem examinations may also be carried out. For a hospital consent post mortem to take place, the mortuary must have the patient hospital notes and written consent. The consent form must be fully completed; that the cooling off/change your mind period has been agreed with the consent-giver and documented and that the form has been signed.

Viewing facilities

Due to current lockdown measures the adult mortuary unfortunately cannot facilitate any viewings of deceased patients until further notice. Please do not attend the mortuary viewing facility, for further information or enquires please contact the mortuary office on 0161 276 4476.

Post mortem reports

The time taken to issue a report following a post mortem examination varies, depending on the complexity of the case and tests carried out. In coronial cases an initial cause of death, if established, will be given to the Coroner on the day of the post mortem examination.  Please note that any clinician/relative wanting a copy of this report must obtain it via the Coroner’s office.


(Last reviewed October 2020)