Contact number: 01772 528184
What do Independent medical Examiners and medical Examiners officers do?
Medical examiners are senior medical doctors, who are trained in the legal and clinical elements of death certification processes. Their role includes:
- Speaking to the doctor who treated the patient on their final illness
- Reviewing the medical records and any supporting diagnostic information
- Agreeing the proposed cause of death and the overall accuracy of the medical certificate cause of death
- Discussing the cause of death with the next of kin/informant and establishing if they have any concerns with care that could have impacted/led to death
- Acting as a medical advice resource for the local coroner
- Informing clinical governance systems to highlight deceased patients who require a mortality case record review so any formal learning can be gained by the provider organisation
- Ensuring that patterns and concerns about care are raised appropriately
- Enabling a medical examiner officer to conduct component parts of the role under delegated authority
The medical examiner service is delivered over two sites, Royal Preston Hospital (RPH) and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital (CDH) shortly to include community referrals.
The Royal Preston medical Examiners service is located at the Bereavement centre at Royal Preston Hospital (block F), the centre is open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
Who are we?
Regional lead Medical examiner
Dr Huw Twamley
Dr Catherine Roberts
Dr Dianne Tabone
Dr Kenneth McGrattan
Dr Mark Pugh
Dr Christopher Scales
DR Robert Letch
Dr Katherine Davies
Dr Patrick MacDowell
Lead Medical Examiners Officers
Medical Examiner Officers
Medical examiner officers: 01772 528184
Medical examiners: 01772 523633
Bereavement Centre: 01772 522258