Institute of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology - Forensic Medicine
Information for applicants
It is not possible to report the autopsy result and the cause of death by telephone. It is only possible to state by telephone whether the deceased was autopsied at the ISLT, the name and contact of the dissecting doctor.
Performing an autopsy
The examining physician decides to perform the autopsy on registration in the documentation of the deceased. Judicial autopsy is ordered by a body active in criminal proceedings according to valid legal regulations. If there is no medical indication to perform an autopsy, the autopsy may not be performed. This task is decided by the head of ÚSLT.
News for Survivors (Close)
According to the law, persons close to the deceased have the right to inspect, extract or copy medical records. According to Section 116 of the Civil Code, a close person means direct relatives, siblings, a spouse and a registered partner of a specific individual. Other persons in a family or similar relationship (grandparents, uncle, aunt, brother-in-law, cousin, cousin, kind, companion) are considered close to each other if the other would reasonably consider the damage suffered by the other to be his own. The applicant must prove that he / she is close (identity card, affidavit stating his / her contact details and identity card number, copy of marriage certificate, copy of birth certificate)
Responses to written requests for information addressed directly to the ÚSLT, with credible evidence that the applicant is a close person, are sent directly to the applicant. If there are doubts about the credibility of the document that the applicant is a close person, the application will be forwarded to the Legislative and Legal Department of the General Hospital. Responses to written requests for information addressed through the Legislative and Legal Department are sent back to the applicant via the Legislative and Legal Department. Information on the result of the autopsy is not given to close persons if a court autopsy was performed pursuant to Section 115 of the Penal Code. If the case is not finally closed, the conclusions are not communicated.
The applicant must submit written request. The completed application is must be attached:
- proof that the applicant is a close person or legal representative of the deceased
- copies of two identity documents of the applicant (identity card, birth certificate, passport, etc.)
The applicant shall send the application together with the above documents to the address:
General University Hospital in Prague
Legislative Legal Department
U Nemocnice 499/2
128 08 Prague 2
The request for a copy of the medical documentation, including proof of the relationship with the deceased, is based on the autopsy report.
The end of the autopsy stating the cause of death, the underlying disease, complications and the secondary finding, the applicant will receive a written form to the address specified in the application. The service is paid according to VFN price list on unpaid health services.
- Payment only on delivery upon receipt of the shipment. We only ship to addresses in the Czech Republic.
Report to the attending physician
- If the attending physician is interested in the autopsy result, it is sent to a written request.
Death certificate, death certificate
- These documents are not exhibited at ÚSLT.
- The death certificate is exposed to the catchment matrix and passed to the survivors approximately 2-3 weeks after the death.
Valuables, clothing - deceased persons outside the VFN
Valuables, including precious metal dental prostheses found in the dead, are recorded by the examining physician in the accompanying documentation of the deceased. When receiving the body at ÚSLT, they are recorded in the Wardrobe of the deceased and then stored in a lockable box. They are given to the funeral service during the funeral.
The clothes for the deceased in the coffin can be handed over to the funeral service, which arranges the funeral. The garment in which the deceased was brought for autopsy is handed over to the funeral service together with the body. In case of biological contamination of the garment, the autopsy will decide on its disposal.
Exposure of the body
Exposure of the body in the premises of ÚSLT is not possible. Unless otherwise provided by the autopsy physician, exposure of the body after the autopsy is within the capabilities and competence of the funeral service at which the funeral was arranged.
Ordering a funeral
The choice of funeral service is entirely at the discretion of the bereaved. ÚSLT employees are not entitled to interfere in the selection. To order a funeral, you must present an identity card (birth certificate) of the deceased and an identity card of the person who arranges the funeral to the funeral home. The funeral service where the funeral was arranged informs the bereaved about other actions. Information for survivors of VFN.
At the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, blood alcohol levels are determined for living persons for the needs of the Czech Police and other bodies.
- Prices are charged according to the Price List of Services not covered by health insurance in accordance with VFN legislation.
- Blood / urine tests for alcohol: according to VFN price list.
- By postal order, in cash at the VFN box office.
- The result will only be issued to the applicant after proof of payment has been provided.