Histopathology / Cytology

When a patient dies in hospital the clinical staff should consider whether an autopsy may be required by law, and if not whether a hospital (non-coroner) autopsy is desirable.
The main difference between coroner and hospital autopsies is that the coroner can order an autopsy for medicolegal reasons without the authorization of the next of kin.  
A hospital autopsy should not be ordered unless the need for a coroner's autopsy has been excluded.

Autopsies are performed Monday to Friday. 

Dublin City Coroners Office: 

The coroner's office is available outside office hours, however, unless the matter is urgent, cases should be reported betwen 8am and 11pm. 
Ph. (01) 8746684/(01) 8743006.
Please see www.coroners.ie for a full list of circumstances underwhich a death must be reported to the cornoner.

The following forms relating to the autopsies are available on the wards
R139 Informed Authorisation of Hospital Autopsy (non-coroner autopsy) Autopsy Consent Form (PDF 45Kb)
R139a Coroners Autopsy (Coroners Cases)
R139b Checklist (Emergency Department)
R934 Removal to Mortuary (All cases)

Arrangements: When the coroner orders an autopsy, all arrangements for the autopsy are made by the Coroner’s office. A death certificate is not required from the hospital staff. If the next-of-kin authorise a hospital autopsy, the clinical team must, in addition to arranging for a signed authorisation form, sign a death certificate and inform mortuary staff (4162337) that an autopsy has been authorised. It is usual to do the autopsy on the next working day, but if there are several autopsies scheduled it may be necessary to postpone to the following day.  The pathology technician (01) 4162377 can let you know at what time the remains may be released following an autopsy.