Manchester City Council

Births, marriages, deaths & nationality Register a death if the person died in hospital

You can register a death if you are:

  • a relative of the deceased;

or, if there are no relatives,

  • the person arranging the funeral; or
  • someone who was present at the death; or
  • the occupier, matron or owner of a nursing home or the hospital administrator of the premises where the death occurred

If the person died at Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe Hospital or North Manchester General Hospital you can register the death at the hospital.

You need to register the death in person, but you must make an appointment first. To make an appointment, contact:

  • Manchester Royal Infirmary on 0161 276 8989
    Appointments are on Wednesdays.
  • North Manchester General Hospital on 0161 720 2199
    Appointments are on Wednesdays.
  • Wythenshawe Hospital on 0161 291 2360
    Appointments are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

See information about what to do if you need to organise a burial within 24 hours of death.

If it's not convenient for you to attend an appointment at the hospital, you can register the death at our city centre office.

What you need to bring to your appointment

When you attend your appointment, you must have a medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor or hospital. You'll also need to know their full name as well as the place and date of death.

It would also be helpful if you could tell the registrar:

  • any names previously used, eg maiden name
  • the person’s date and place of birth
  • their last address
  • their occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
  • whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (eg passport, driving licence, utility bill) and the deceased's name and address, but you can still register a death without them. The registrar will use these documents to improve the quality of the information recorded in the registration.

You will be asked to sign, to confirm that the information recorded is correct. Please ensure that you check the entry carefully, before signing, as once you have signed, any mistakes can only be corrected if you pay a significant fee. (As of 1 November 2017)

Buying death certificates

There is no 'original' death certificate. If you need certified copies of the register entry, to deal with the estate of the deceased, you can buy them from the registrar for £4.00 each, at the time of registration.

If you don't buy enough certificates at the time you register, you can still buy further copies at a later date but these will cost more.

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