In NHS Greater and Clyde mortuary staff prepare a box which contains everything that is required for care of the deceased and also contains guidance on last offices and spiritual/religious care along with copies of the printed bereavement information. These boxes are held on each ward and replaced following each death by the porters who collect the body.
Transportation of the deceased to any mortuary or funeral home
responsibility for transportation should include this as a requirement.
Any discussions relating to post mortem examinations, referral to
the Procurator Fiscal or organ / tissue donation should be facilitated by healthcare staff who have the relevant knowledge and who have received
training in facilitating such discussions.
Care of people who have been bereaved:
Care for those who have been bereaved immediately following the
should, where possible, be ideally one already known
provided by a designated member
important time with
to ensure that people who have been bereaved the deceased, either alone or in the company of
have sufficient the member of
Where viewing the deceased is not possible at the place of death,
arrangement should be made for viewing in the appropriate mortuary, where facilities should be designed to provide a calm, comfortable space
for those who deceased.
The viewing room was nice, but the corridor to get there was a disgrace, the nurse apologised for the state of it. Bereaved wife
Where viewing takes place in a hospital mortuary, people who have bereaved should be accompanied to the viewing area by a staff
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