AN inquest has opened at Rochdale Coroners' Court into the death of a retired health visitor from Oldham.

Beryl Buckley, 86, of Spinners Drive, Moorside, passed away on May 1 at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

Police Coroner's Officer, Bernadette Hatton, said Mrs Buckley, a widow, was admitted to hospital after her stoma stopped working leaving her vomiting and in abdominal pain.

She had a long-standing ileostomy and was a regular visitor to hospital where she was treated for bowel obstruction.

Ms Hatton said Mrs Buckley was "very keen" to undergo surgical intervention and was aware of the risks involved before she underwent a procedure for hernia repair on April 29.

Initially she did well after surgery, but on April 30 her NG tube stopped draining and her condition deteriorated and she passed away shortly afterwards.

A post mortem carried out by Dr Emil Salmo gave the cause of death as acute heart failure.

Coroner Catherine McKenna set a review date for June 24, with an inquest date to be set at a later time.