Verification of Death – COVID-19 Clarification

Verification of death is to confirm that someone who has died is actually dead. In the community we have become accustomed to this being done by nurses and doctors working in the community. In the current crisis with COVID-19, these staff may not be readily available. Here is guidance from Lincolnshire about what is required in law and sensible procedures. This is almost certainly going to be a difficult time for carers and family. Undertakers can also verify death.

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Accessing Palliative Care In The Community During Last Weeks Of Life – flow chart
10th June 2020 | Source: Lincolnshire NHS

This is a flow chart which This SOP outlines the place of care choices and referral processes for palliative and end of life care patients during COVID-19. This works with the full document entitled: "SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for accessing end of life care options at home - Covid-19 Pandemic"

Responsive Need Tool (RNT)
3rd February 2016

A tool used by clinical professionals that attempts to score a patient's needs and the appropriate response. Developed by a partnership of providers in Lincolnshire: ULHT; Macmillan; LCHS; Marie Curie; St Barnabas Hospice; LCC.

The website is not designed to give medical advice, but rather to give information on a wide range of topics to health and social care staff, no matter where they work. Find out more