A PENSIONER was found dead by hospital staff after admitting himself for rehabilitation treatment.

Val Warren died on Christmas Eve at the Churchill Hospital, Headington.

He had been a patient at the hospital's Fulbrook Centre after admitting himself voluntarily for rehabilitation.

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Opening an inquest into his death yesterday, coroner Darren Salter revealed that Mr Warren, originally from Norfolk, appeared to have used hospital equipment to hang himself.

The 65-year-old retired engineer was found by staff at around 10.30pm.

A date for a full inquest has been set for April 23.