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Winter can be an especially challenging time of year for health services. For mortuaries, higher numbers of deaths can pose problems if adequate numbers of refrigerated storage spaces are unavailable.
For some purposes, including post mortem examinations, appropriate consent can be given by someone in a ‘qualifying relationship’ to the deceased immediately before their death. Please see further details in the Codes of Practice for each sector.
On the 25 March 2015 the HTA published guidance aimed at professionals who work with women who have experienced a pregnancy loss or termination. The guidance sets out what is expected and how women should be involved in decision making about the sensitive handling of pregnancy remains.
The Miscarriage Association have developed a suite of learning resources for professionals, informed by women and their partners who have experienced miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy, and by health professionals who care for patients with pregnancy loss.
Role of Designated Individual
Designated Individuals have a key role to play in implementing the requirements of the HT Act.