To make a referral concerning a sudden cardiac death with an unascertained cause of death:
Contact the CRY CCP Secretarial Office Tel: 020 8725 5113 / Fax: 020 8725 5139
After contacting us for the new referral forms (using details above), please send specimens to:
Prof M N Sheppard
St George’s University of London
London SW17 0RE
Families are increasingly prepared to give permission for this fast-track service which aims to return the heart in 2 weeks in time for burial. It is extremely helpful if the coroner requests permission for the whole heart to be sent as this greatly facilitates the accuracy of the diagnosis.
However, if the family only give permission for tissue to be taken from the heart at autopsy it will be stored at the CRY CCP at St George’s Hospital.