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Deaths

A death can be registered with us once one of two things has happened:

  • a medical certificate has been given to you by a GP or hospital doctor
  • a coroner has sent us their certificate

If the death happens in Enfield and a coroner is not involved, it needs to be registered within five days.

If a death happens outside Enfield you can make a declaration.

You need to book an appointment to register a death. Appointments take around 40 minutes. You can book an appointment online or call 020 8379 1000. You will need to arrive five minutes before your appointment. If you are late, you will be asked to book a new appointment.

Appointments are available Monday to Friday at the Enfield Register Office. You cannot register a death on a Saturday or Sunday. If, for religious reasons, you need a same-day burial notice on a weekend or bank holiday, call 020 8379 1000.

Book a death registration appointment

A death should be registered by a relative of the deceased. If this is not possible, it should be registered by an adult who was present at the death or the person responsible for arranging the funeral with the undertaker.

To register the death, the registrar will need a valid medical cause of death certificate issued by a GP or hospital doctor, or a coroner's certificate. The registrar will also need to know the following about the person who has died:

  • date and place of death
  • full name
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation
  • address
  • National Health Service Number, if available
  • information about their pension or other benefits received from government

If the person who has died was married or in a civil partnership, the registrar will also need to know the following about their husband, wife or civil partner:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • occupation

This is required even if the husband, wife or civil partner is also deceased.

It is also helpful, but not essential, to bring these documents belonging to the person who has died:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS medical card

You will need to bring more documents and information if you want to use our Tell Us Once service.

There is no charge for registering a death. You will be given a 'green form' to give to your undertaker and a BD8 form for the Department of Work and Pensions.

Death certificates cost a fee. We accept payment by credit or debit card only.

For information on dealing with bereavement, view our bereavement guide..

If the death did not occur in Enfield but it's easier for you to visit the Enfield Register Office, you can make a declaration.

To do this, you book an appointment in the usual way. When the appointment is finished the registrar will send your declaration to the correct register office for you. We cannot give you any certificates.

This service is free. If you want any death certificates, bring a chequebook or postal orders to your appointment. For security reasons, these are the only payment methods we can send with your declaration.

The register office that receives your declaration will post the 'green form' that the undertaker needs and the death certificates to you. This means that it will take longer for you to arrange the funeral than it would if you were to register the death at the appropriate register office.

When you register a death at your registrar appointment, you will be given a special reference number that enables you to use the Tell Us Once service.

This service aims to make things easier when someone dies. It lets you tell most government departments about the death in one go. You will just need to tell us who to tell.

You can use the service online or by phone within 28 days of receiving your reference number.

Tell Us Once will contact:

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • HM Passport Office
  • HM Revenue and Customs (tax office)
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
  • war pension
  • council departments including Housing, Housing Benefit, Child Benefit, Council Tax, Tax Credits, libraries, Adult Services, Electoral Services and Blue Badges

You can inform the registrar that you wish to use this service when you register the death.

You will need to tell us the deceased person's National Insurance Number. If they were married or in a civil partnership, you will need to provide the National Insurance Number of their husband, wife or civil partner.

If you want to tell the passport office, Blue Badge or DVLA, you will need to bring the deceased person's:

  • passport
  • Blue Badge
  • driving licence

The Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019 came into force on 1 October 2019. The government has published details about how this affects doctors, including the need to refer some deaths to the coroner at the government’s website, GOV.UK.

We can only register deaths that have happened within the London Borough of Enfield (this does not include the Barnet General Hospital), and where a valid Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death (MCCD) has been completed, or if the coroner has issued the necessary paperwork. You need to print your name and GMC number on any MCCD that you issue.

To help you complete an MCCD, you can view an MCCD example (PDF).

Basic rules for MCCD

A Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death is valid if:

  • the causes of death are acceptable; and
  • the certifying doctor saw the deceased within the last fourteen days of their illness; or
  • the certifying doctor was in medical attendance during the deceased’s last illness and also saw the body after death

If any of the three rules above are not met, the doctor should refer the death to the coroner. Referrals should be made by email to admin.beh@hmc-northlondon.co.uk.

The coroner is unable to offer advice on completing a MCCD, or offer guidance on what is appropriate to include. However, they have produced a Quick Guide (PDF) to help doctors, which explains the Greater London Northern Districts Coroners process.

You can also view the following guides, produced by the coroner:

Things to avoid when completing a MCCD

Avoid giving ‘organ failure’ as the sole cause of death

Don’t certify deaths as being due to the failure of any organ without stating the disease or condition that led to the organ failure. Failure of most organs can be due to unnatural causes, such as poisoning, injury or industrial disease. You should refer to the coroner if you don’t know a natural disease responsible for any organ failure.

Avoid terminal events, modes of dying and other vague terms

Terms that don’t clearly identify a disease or pathological process aren’t acceptable as the only cause of death. This includes terminal events or modes of dying, such as sepsis, cardiac or respiratory arrest, or gastro intestinal bleed. Very vague statements, such as cardiovascular event or incident are equally unacceptable. Cardiovascular event could be intended to mean a stroke or myocardial infarction. It could, however, also include cardiac arrest or fainting, or a surgical or radiological procedure.

Avoid using abbreviated medical terms

Don’t abbreviate any cause of death, such as ‘COPD’ or use medical shorthand, such as 'Ⓛ'. All causes of death should be written in full. The registrar is required to record on the death certificate the cause of death exactly as you state them on the MCCD. This includes spelling errors.

The General Register Office (GRO) has produced guidance for doctors. GRO are responsible for all death registrations within England or Wales.

The British Medical Association also has information on their website.

As a doctor, if you refer a death to the coroner, the coroner will need:

  • a patient summary to the coroner services
  • a copy of the MCCD (if you can complete a MCCD)
  • a completed GP Referral Form 1 / Hospital Referral Form 1

If urgent action is required, mark the email ‘URGENT’ and explain why the matter is urgent.

Referrals should be made by email to admin.beh@hmc-northlondon.co.uk.

You should advise the family (or person who is qualified to register the death) that they will need to wait for the coroner to contact them (usually within 24 hours) before they can book an appointment to register the death.

If you’re unable to access Form 1

Access to the Form 1 is from the EMIS system. If you are having issues accessing a Form 1, please contact your Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).