Brighton and Hove Mortuary

Brighton and Hove Mortuary

The City Mortuary in Brighton & Hove offers post-mortem and storage services for deaths reported at the Coroner’s office. The deaths could be unexpected, natural or under unusual circumstances. The Mortuary also affords services for forensic post-mortems and risky post-mortems.

The Location

The Brighton and Hove Mortuary is in the Extra-Mural Cemetery on Lewes Road. People using a sat-nav device in their vehicle can use the postcode BN2 3QB. The opening times are 7am to 3pm Monday to Thursday and on Fridays, 7am to midday.

An Overview

The staff of the City Mortuary work together with the Brighton & Hove Coroner’s office, as well as West Sussex and East Sussex County Councils, the NHS and Sussex Police. Whenever a death is reported to the Coroner, it is probably an indication that further investigation may occur. Especially for unusual or unexpected deaths.

The body is taken to the Brighton & Hove City Mortuary. The Coroner’s investigations may necessitate an autopsy which is performed at the mortuary to identify the main cause of death. On few occasions, an inquest may be required.

The City Mortuary has biodegradable coffins suitable for cremation or burial when needed.

Visiting the Mortuary

The public area of the mortuary has a Chapel of Rest where family members and friends can view their deceased. Viewings are only done by previous appointment and lasts for only an hour. In some cases, viewing may not occur until a post-mortem examination is complete. There are available parking opportunities for visitors as well as a waiting room and restroom. The mortuary is well equipped with accessibility for the disabled.

The Extra-Mural Cemetery entrance gates are located between Gladstone Place and Newmarket Road.

When a death occurs

The first thing to do if a death occurs at home is to contact the Doctor who attended to the deceased in the last few weeks of their illness. This is so that the death can be confirmed and a Medical Certificate for the Cause of Death may be provided. The certificate can be issued immediately by the Doctor or provided later by the Doctor’s practice.

Where the death occurs in a hospital, then the doctor who treated the deceased patient issues the Medical Certificate for the Cause of Death.

The deceased will have to be removed (from place of death) and a funeral director will be contacted to begin arrangements. Most funeral services run 24 hours. Deaths that occurred suddenly or unexpectedly will have their certificates delayed because a post-mortem will have to be carried out first. This involves transporting the body to the mortuary where it will be examined by council staff at the Coroner’s office.

Registering a death and planning a funeral

Every death is required by law to be registered. If it occurred in the city of Brighton & Hove, then it will be registered at the Brighton & Hove Register Office.

Funeral plans are usually organised by a professional funeral director. People who hire a funeral director to assist with the planning are advised to select someone who belongs to a trade association such as National Association of Funeral Directors.

For more details, please contact Brighton Funeral Directors,

Call 01273 736469 or 07789 174453

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