A post-mortem examination, also known as an autopsy, is the examination of a body after death. The aim of a post-mortem is to determine the cause of death.
Post-mortems are carried out by pathologists (doctors who specialise in understanding the nature and causes of disease).
The Royal College of Pathologists and the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) set the standards pathologists work to.
Post-mortems provide useful information about how, when and why someone died, and they enable pathologists to obtainabetter understanding of how diseases spread.
Learning more about illnesses and medical conditions benefits patients too,because it means they'll receive more effective treatment in the future.
If your child, partner or relative has died and a post-mortem is to be carried out, hospital bereavement officers can offer you support and advice. They also act as the main point of contact between you and the staff carrying out the post-mortem.
A post-mortem, also known as an autopsy, is the examination of a body after death. The aim of a post-mortem is to determine the cause of death.
A post-mortem examination will be carried out ifit's been requested by: a coroner because the cause of death is unknown, or following a sudden, violent or unexpected death a hospital doctor to find
A post-mortem will be carried out as soon as possible, usually within two to three working days of a person's death. In some cases, it may be possible for it to take place within 24 hours. Depending u
Afterapost-mortem, the pathologist writes a report of the findings. If the post-mortem was requested by the coroner,the coroner or coroner's officer willlet you know the cause of death determined by