Changes at Wakefield Register Office
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
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.
doctors will send scanned copies of the MCCD to the register office, who will
then contact residents to make a telephone appointment.
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.
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.”
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.
Council has provided information to keep residents up to date on its dedicated
coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD
latest advice to residents is available on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19