Once the doctor has recorded a patient's death, the deceased is taken to the morgue (Ravi 18).
The deceased can be collected by relatives or legal representatives at the Centre of Pathology on working days from 14.00 to 15.30.
The deceased is kept in the mortuary refrigerator of the hospital until the end of the working day after death or autopsy. After this, the deceased will be kept at the funeral agency Kristin OÜ (phone 1916).
Additional information about the removal of the deceased can be obtained from the secretary of the Centre of Pathology on 620 7277.
A medical autopsy is necessary for the clarification of the diagnosis and cause of death. The treating physician or the doctor on duty decides whether an autopsy is necessary. After the autopsy, the pathologist who performed the autopsy, will issue a medical death certificate.
Death certificates are issued from the Centre of Pathology (Ravi 18):
- on autopsy days from 14.00 to 16.00,
- on the following days from 08.00 to 16.00.
- death certificates are not published on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
- further information can be obtained from the secretary of the Centre of Pathology on 620 7277.
If there is no autopsy, the treating physician or the doctor on duty will issue the death certificate. You can obtain this from the treatment department on the basis of an identification document.
The death certificate of the deceased can be collected on the basis of the medical death certificate. In order to do this, you have to turn to the last place of residence of the deceased or the Vital Statistics Department of the place of death:
- Tallinn Vital Statistics Department (Pärnu mnt 67, phone 645-7480);
- elsewhere in Estonia – the city or rural municipality government.
The personal belongings and valuables of the deceased are returned on the basis of the identification document. The department stores the personal belongings of the deceased for up to 30 days after death.