Changes at Wakefield Register Office

27/03/2020, PR-9360

Wakefield city centre

​As part of ongoing efforts to manage the spread of the coronavirus Wakefield Council is making some changes to its registration service.

In line with Government guidance, Wakefield Register Office will be conducting death and still birth registration appointments by telephone only from tomorrow (Saturday 28 March).

This removes the need for residents to personally collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) from the doctor and deliver to the registrar.

Instead, doctors will send scanned copies of the MCCD to the register office, who will then contact residents to make a telephone appointment.

Residents who have been issued with a MCCD prior to Saturday 28 March will be still be able to register face to face, however, only one person may attend to register.

Andrew Balchin, Wakefield Council’s Acting Chief Executive, said: “We understand that losing a loved one is a difficult time and is being made all the more difficult by the current situation we are in.

“We have taken this decision in light of the current Government guidance. We are confident that this new way of working will still enable us to provide this important service, with our usual compassion, whilst ensuring people can safely follow the essential social distancing measures.

“I’d like to reassure residents that we are still offering our usual service, it will just be done in a different way to save lives and protect the NHS.”

For full details of the changes and what the new appointments will entail, please visit http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/births-marriages-deaths/deaths/register-death or call 0345 4852 888.

The Council has provided information to keep residents up to date on its dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD

The latest advice to residents is available on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19