If someone dies unexpectedly the death has to be reported to the Coroner who may call for a post-mortem, It not already done so the Coroner must be informed of death under the following circumstances:
- If the GP had not seen the deceased in the preceding 14 days.
- If death follows an operation or the deceased did not recover from anesthetic.
- If death was due to industrial disease or poisoning.
- The cause of death is unknown.
If a death has occurred suddenly or due to an accident or act of violence it must be reported to the Police for further investigation. The Police or GP will inform the Coroner who may request a post-mortem and hold an inquest where death was unnatural, unexplained or due to an accident or act of violence.