Time frame

Unless there are objections to the autopsy, the autopsy is done without unnecessary delay. This is so that the person's body can be released to the family as quickly as possible and a funeral held with minimal delay. Any additional specialist tests may take up to 10 weeks or in exceptional cases even longer to complete - the autopsy report won't be finished until they are done.

If you have agreed as next-of-kin to a donation being made to the Donor Tissue Bank then this needs to be carried out within 12-24 hours of death.

Last updated: 15-Jan-2014

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