NHS Guidance for Staff Responsible for Care after Death

The 2011 guidance for staff responsible for care after death was developed by the National End of Life Care Programme and National Nurse Consultant Group (Palliative Care), this guidance:

  • sets out key principles,
  • is intended as a guide for training, as well as for informing the development of organisational protocols for this area of care,
  • aims to provide a consistent view that accommodates England’s diverse religious and multi-cultural beliefs.
CuddleBlanket cooling blanket for bariatric bodies on hospital bed

The document is intended as a guide for all those dealing with deceased including hospices. The guidance states that there is a requirement to cool the deceased as soon as possible and that the refrigeration of bodies should be carried out within two to four hours to preserve the appearance, condition and dignity of the deceased. Additional work relating to care of the child after death (Children’s Hospices UK 2011) also supports this national guidance.

The document also highlights that although many hospices have cold rooms, which should be below 12°C (ideally 4-6°C), the concern is that these low temperatures may not be tolerable for relatives who wish to be in the room for extended periods. Therefore, the guidance highlights Flexmort’s new innovation in this area and refers to our CuddleBlanket cooling blanket (also known as Covercool) as offering effective alternatives.

Download the Guidance for Staff Responsible for Care after Death on the NHS website

Posted in

CuddleCot donated to hospital in Chile.

May 25, 2022

Recently we were able to help Cencomex in Santiago place a CuddleCot in the San Borja Hospital, Chile.  It was exciting to see the photos of our CuddleCot once it had arrived in Chile! Increasing our global reach in this way gives more families around the world access to CuddleCot and the all too important gift…

Case Study: CuddleBlanket at the Watford Hospital

November 8, 2021

Lyn Anderson, Mortuary Manager at the Watford General Hospital, tells of her experiences with the CuddleBlanket cooling system.

Case Study: CadSeal Repatriation Foil for Funeral Director

November 2, 2021

We were approached by a funeral director asking for a means to safely recover and transport a body that had been deceased for some time.

Flexmort Meets Royal Family Following Prestigious Award

August 2, 2016

Simon Rothwell was invited to the palace to celebrate Flexmort winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

Lord-Lieutenant Presents Flexmort With Queen’s Award

June 27, 2016

Gloucestershire’s Lord-Lieutenant has presented the Flexmort team with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

Dealing with Ebola Contaminated Deceased Bodies

October 16, 2014

Dealing with the deceased who are contaminated with Ebola presents a range of challenges. Find how Flexmort products can help.

Factors to Consider when Selecting a Body Storage Facility

October 10, 2013

Consider the following factors in the selection of a facility for body storage so that you can get quality services and value for money.

Advantages of Mortuary Fridges and Refrigerated Cabinets

August 5, 2013

A mortuary is used for storing the deceased in a constant refrigerated environment. Discover the advantages of mortuary fridges.

NHS Guidance for Staff Responsible for Care after Death

December 10, 2012

The Guidance for Staff Responsible for Care after Death is intended as a guide for all those dealing with deceased including hospices.

Leave a Comment