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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.

22.

Transportation of the deceased to any mortuary or funeral home

should

be

carried

out

with

dignity,

and

any

arrangements

to

delegate

responsibility for transportation should include this as a requirement.

23.

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:

24.

Care for those who have been bereaved immediately following the

death staff,

should, where possible, be ideally one already known

provided by a designated member

to

the

patient

and

relatives.

It

of is

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

staff.

25.

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.

have

been

bereaved

to

see

and

spend

time

with

the

The viewing room was nice, but the corridor to get there was a disgrace, the nurse apologised for the state of it. Bereaved wife

26. been

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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