POLICE have launched an investigation after the death of a pensioner living at a Fylde coast nursing home.
Detectives were called in to investigate an allegation of assault at Le Grand Nursing Home in Freckleton after 87-year-old Marie Lowe died in hospital on Saturday.
A member of staff at the home has been suspended.
Mrs Lowe was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Tuesday last week. She died in hospital five days later.
It is believed social services were called by hospital staff, who in turn contacted the police.
Officers are now waiting for the results of a post mortem to confirm the cause of death.
A police spokesman said: “We are investigating an allegation of assault.
“The woman has sadly died and we are waiting for the results of the post mortem. The investigation continues. Once we have the results back we will be speaking to her family.”
Le Grand, which is situated on Preston Old Road, is a private nursing home which currently has 26 residents.
Mrs Lowe had been a resident at the home since June following the death of her husband Owen.
The couple previously lived together at a care home in Crosby.
Mrs Lowe moved to the Fylde coast to be nearer to her family.
A spokesman for Le Grand said: “An investigation is ongoing at the moment. One member of staff has been suspended without prejudice. None of the other residents are at risk.
“I cannot comment any further until the investigation has been resolved.”
The care home, which was registered in 1989, has 28 single, en-suite bedrooms, all on one level.
Residents can use the home for long or short stays, respite and trial visits.
The post mortem results were expected later today.