AN inquest has opened into the death of an Oldham man who died of coronavirus.

Alan Wolstenholme, 68, of Hannerton Road, Shaw, died at the Royal Oldham Hospital on May 10.

Mr Wosltenholme, who was married, was a joiner by trade.

At Rochdale Coroner's Office, police coroner's officer, Paul Lever, said Mr Wostenholme had been diagnosed with asbestos poisoning in 2013 following a CT scan.

He had reported exposure to asbestos throughout his career as a joiner.

Mr Wolstenholme was admitted to the Acute Medical Unite from the Accident and Emergency Department on April 28, 2020.

Following two negative swabs for Covid-19 he tested positive while still in hospital.

He was placed on the end of life care plan on May 8, 2020 and died on ward F8 on the evening of May 10.

The cause of death given by Dr Poppy Graham at Royal Oldham Hospital was given as Covid-19 pneumonia.