Dear valued Clients and Community Members, It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of Elkin & Bell Funerals premises due to circumstances beyond our control with our landlord, leaving us no choice but to close our doors as of Sunday 10 December 2023.
We understand this may come as a shock to many, and we want to assure you that we are actively exploring options to continue serving our community. In this time of transition, we are here to support you in any way we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. We will do our best to assist you and provide guidance. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate through this challenging time.
We remain committed to the principles that have guided us throughout our journey: being customer-focused, honest, professional, reassuring, and respectful. These values will continue to drive our actions, no matter where our paths may lead us.
Again, we extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you. We are truly humbled by the trust you have placed in us, and we will forever cherish the memories we have created together.
When someone dies, and death is expected, the first thing is to ensure that a medical professional is willing to complete the medical cause of death certificate.
(If the death occurs in a Nursing/Care Home or Hospice, the duty staff will help with the following steps)
This may be via the usual or on-call GP, a Hospice or community nurse.
Once you are given the go-ahead by the medical professional
and only when you are ready, please call, or ask the duty staff to call 01329600050 (24/7)
and we can attend to bring the person who has died into our care.
We have a private chapel of rest at our premises.
The medical cause of death certificate is usually available the following working day.
The GP surgery/Nursing Home/Hospice can advise you, as you will need this form for registration.
Would you please inform the medical professional whether the funeral is to be a cremation - Additional forms will need to be prepared by the Doctor.
Please be advised that different Hospital procedures may apply.
If the death is expected, you will be required to telephone QA Hospital Bereavement Services: Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm Tel: 02392286175
You may not be able to speak to a bereavement officer straight away, but please leave them a message, and they will return your call as soon as all the relevant paperwork is in place.
Would you please inform the bereavement officer if the funeral will be a cremation so that additional paperwork can also be prepared?
The bereavement officer will arrange for the completion of the medical cause of death certificate which needs to be taken to the registrar.
A Hospital Clearance Release Form will be issued directly to your chosen Funeral Director, so you will be required to stipulate who they are when speaking with the Bereavement Services.
We will not be able to attend the hospital unless a form has been supplied.
We are only permitted to attend the Hospital during their usual opening hours. (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
A death in Queen Alexandra Hospital is classed as occurring within the City of Portsmouth; you will need to telephone the register office at Burnaby Road, Portsmouth.
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: 02392829041 - the registration will take place in-person, and documents will be issued to you and your chosen Funeral Director.
DO NOT make an appointment to register until you have been told to do so by the bereavement office.
If the death occurred within
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: 03005551392
If the death occurred within the
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: 02392829041
If the death occurred within the
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: 02380915327
Would you please not make an appointment to register until you have been instructed to do so
The registrar will issue a Certificate for Burial or Cremation
This form is FREE and is bright green in colour.
This will be issued directly to your chosen funeral director once the form is obtained.
You will also be able to purchase Certified Copies of the Entry
This is often referred to as the ’death certificate’ as they currently cost £11.00 to buy.
If the death is sudden or unexpected, it is more than likely that the HM Coroner will need to be informed.
If the death occurs at home, and the usual/on-call doctor cannot issue the medical cause of death certificate, the Police will likely be asked to attend the address.
The reason for referral can be because something as simple as the person who has died has not been to visit their GP (not treating or attending to any illness) in the past 14 days.
There will be a Duty Funeral Director who HM Coroner employs to collect the person who has died. You do not need to worry unnecessarily if the police are in attendance; they are also working on behalf of the HM Coroner’s Office.
The Coroner's involvement also doesn't necessarily mean there will be a Post Mortem examination. You will be kept fully informed by the Officer who will be looking after you.
PLEASE NOTE: It can take up to five working days for any examinations & paperwork to be completed.
Be Aware: you are not obliged to use the Funeral Director contracted by HM Coroner.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE YOUR FUNERAL DIRECTOR
CONTACT DETAILS FOR HM CORONERS' SERVICE IN HAMPSHIRE:
Portsmouth and South East
1 Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AJ
Central, Southampton & The New Forest
The Castle, Winchester SO23 8UL
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