Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support Ltd
< March 2020

Verification of death/confirmation life is extinct - update

Irene Karrouze, Care Provider Quality Improvement Nurse for Norfolk & Waveney CCG has issued the following information about verification of death/confirmation life is extinct.

During the COVID-19 pandemic it is important to ensure the deceased are treated with the utmost respect and dignity and that the current procedures in relation to death and still-birth registration and management are modified to enable this and to protect public health.

This will take account of the fact that families who have lost a loved one may be self-isolating, and that there may be reduced capacity to register and manage deaths as a result of pandemic-related sickness absence. This is addressed in the government’s Coronavirus Bill.  Details are available via this link

The British medical Association (BMA) has also issued guidance around verification:

In response to this the CCGs have put plans in place to ensure all care homes can do verification of death/confirmation life is extinct. Over the next 2 weeks we will be contacting all registered care providers to ensure they:

  • have a plan in place
  • have a discussion with GP to ensure they are happy
  • offer theory training around the clinical observation to confirm life is extinct
  • complete the 'confirming that life is extinct' form to email to GP
  • contact the funeral director and speak with family.


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