AN inquest has been opened three years after the death of an elderly Sedgley woman - after an investigation revealed issues relating to her treatment in hospital.

Dorothy Dunn, aged 86, of Vicar Street, Sedgley, died at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley on July 17, 2017, having been admitted due to swelling in her throat.

An emergency tracheostomy was performed after Mrs Dunn developed shortness of breath, Black Country Coroners Court was told, and she later suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital on July 17, a week after she was admitted.

Black Country Coroner Zafar Siddique said there had been no formal investigation at the time of Mrs Dunn's death but further information has since emerged - in light of which he has decided to open an inquest.

He said: "An internal investigation by the trust has found there were issues around some of the treatment which has now been investigated."

The court was told Mrs Dunn died due to brain injury due to swelling of the throat and she also had other health conditions including diabetes and atrial fibrillation.

But Mr Siddique said: "Having looked at the evidence I've decided to open an inquest. I'm going to look at the circumstances surrounding the death."

The inquest, opened on Wednesday July 1, was adjourned and a pre-inquest hearing scheduled for August 12 at Black Country Coroner's Court.