Bereavement services at Pinderfields Hospital

06/06/2018, PR8819

Wakefield Council has teamed up with bereavement services at Pinderfields Hospital to help make registering the death of a loved one easier.

The Council is now offering appointments at Pinderfields to help support people during a difficult time by providing a simpler and shorter journey to register a death.

The Bereavement Services staff at Pinderfields are now able to arrange an appointment with the registrars at the same time that bereaved families contact them to collect the cause of death certificate. This removes the need for families to contact the Council’s Registrars service to make an additional appointment to register the death at Wakefield or Pontefract Town Hall.

Cllr Les Shaw with registrars at Pindersfields Hospital
Cllr Les Shaw with registrars at Pindersfields Hospital

Cllr Les Shaw, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, said: “When a loved one passes away it is such a difficult time. We want to do all we can to support people to register a death as quickly and as easily as possible. That is why we are working closely with the bereavement services at Pinderfields Hospital so that deaths can be officially registered when collecting the cause of death certificate, removing the need for an extra appointment.

“We’ve been offering this service since mid-May and it has been working well, with 100% take up of the service so far.”

The registrars currently offer afternoon appointments from Monday to Friday at Pinderfields. If the demand and positive feedback for the service continues, the Council will look at options to extend it.

For more information about what to do after the death of a loved one please visit
www.wakefield.gov.uk/bereavement or call 01924 302185.