"Medical Certificate of Cause of Death"
About: New Cross Hospital New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton WV10 0QP
Posted by Anonymous
First, I would like to express my appreciation for the care and support that the nurses on the CHU provided to my close family member and myself over the past few weeks. The sisters and nurses were extremely helpful and honest with us during a very difficult time. Although we were kept waiting for hours at a time for doctors to provide us with information (despite making appointments to see them), the nursing staff were always supportive and available to us. The reason why I have resorted to writing a less than positive comment is due to a long delay in receiving a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from the hospital. My close family member died in the hospital on the morning of Saturday, March 28th. Despite the information provided from the hospital stating that we would be contacted within 24 hours, we had not heard anything from the hospital until I called to check on Wednesday, April 1st. We realized that there may be a delay because of it being a weekend, but on my multiple calls to the bereavement office over the past 24 hours, we are told that the doctor is waiting on a consultant to sign off on the certificate. I have called the consultant's office and was told that they are out for a week. I have shared this information with the bereavement office and they are trying to find another consultant to sign off on the certificate. Again, I want to share that the administrative staff have been pleasant and apologetic about the delay, and I do believe they are doing all they can to track down another consultant. However, with the Easter weekend coming up, and the bereavement office being closed on Friday and Monday, it is is looking as though we will not get a copy of my family member's MCCD until 10 days following their death. This seems to be a bureaucratic issue that is making an emotional time even worse. I appreciate taking this comment into consideration and look forward to a solution.