A PENSIONER died after she was exposed to asbestos, an inquest heard.

Patricia Wieland died at her home at The Bucklers, Milford on Sea, on January 14 this year of right-sided epithelioid mesothelioma.

The Southampton inquest heard that Mrs Wieland had worked for Boots, the chemist many years ago until she left that job in the 1970s.

In a statement before she died, Mrs Wieland told how the Victorian building where she worked, in Walsall, West Midlands, had a network of hot water and heating pipes lagged with asbestos, the inquest heard.

The inquest heard the 65-year-old had spent a lot of time there stock checking and replacing stock.

Mrs Wieland was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009.

A verdict of death from industrial disease was recorded.