A WOMAN died in Royal Bolton Hospital after suffering a fall at home, an inquest was told.

Bolton Coroners Court heard how Kantaben Patel, of Lowick Avenue, Great Lever, was admitted to Royal Bolton Hospital after an unwitnessed fall down her staircase on April 25.

Due to a number of medical issues, she was not regarded as a potential candidate for surgical intervention - and she died four days later, aged 85.

A postmortem exam revealed that the medical cause of death was given as one of a blood clot following a fall.

Mrs Patel's son Rajesh told the court that she moved from India to Kenya, before settling in Bolton in the 1960s.

He confirmed that his mother worked from home most of her life, where she made Christmas crackers. She is survived by two sons and three granddaughters.

She had a number of health issues, including asthma, diabetes and hypertension.

Police coroner's officer Marquita Hogan confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances or third-party involvement surrounding Mrs Patel's death.

Senior coroner Timothy Brennand , who recorded a conclusion of "accidental death", told the court: "Mrs Patel was experiencing age-related deterioration which may have made her more likely to suffer a fall at home."