The NHS Lothian Forensic Pathology Unit is based at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and provides Forensic Pathology services under contract which NHS Lothian holds with the Crown Office.
On a yearly basis at least 1500 post mortem examinations are undertaken at the city mortuary in Edinburgh and the causes of death can range from natural disease to alcohol and drug abuse, to traumatic deaths and deaths occurring under suspicious circumstances, including homicides. In addition to performing medico-legal autopsies, the forensic pathologists supervise the NHS post-mortem examination service (consented examinations) in Lothian and Borders.
The five consultant forensic pathologists provide a 24 hour on call service for Edinburgh, Lothian and the Borders, Fife and Central for suspicious deaths and this may involve attendance at a scene. Such cases may also result in the forensic pathologist being required to attend court as an expert witness in criminal trials. They may also attend court in relation to Fatal Accident Inquiries (FAI’s).
Taken from the Division website
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