June 24, 2022 1.38 pm

A woman has been charged after an incident in Barton-upon-Humber on Wednesday 22 June.

It was reported that a bladed weapon was brandished at members of the public at a location on Holydyke at around 7:00pm.

Donna Marie Hall (58) of Brigg Road, Barton-upon-Humber, was arrested at the scene and has since been charged with a public order offence.

She is due to appear in court next month.

A care home in Barton-upon-Humber, accused of a “lack of oversight” to improve after its sixth consecutive below ‘good’ rating from the CQC, has lodged a complaint and accused the care body of deflecting from its own failures.

An inspection into The Willows care home in Barton-upon-Humber took place on February 8, 2022, with the report being published three months later on May 7.

It acknowledged the home’s credentials in the caring and responsive categories, but deemed The Willows to be unsafe, requiring improvement for its effectiveness and being inadequately led.

The Willows is a care home for those who require nursing or personal care, dealing with adults over 65, dementia sufferers and those with learning disabilities.

This ‘inadequate’ rating follows on from the same score given at the last inspection, published in December 2021, and it was the sixth consecutive inspection that the service was rated below good.

Concerns were raised surrounding the administration of medicines, as well as what the Care Quality Commission deem to be a lack of infection prevention and control measures to prevent the spread and threat of coronavirus in the care home.

These practices were “not robust” according to the report, and placed people and staff at risk of spread of infection, while medicines were not managed safely despite numerous assurances from the provider.

In response to the report, a spokesperson for ADL Plc, the care provider in charge of The Willows, said a new home manager had started this week so changes were being made, but said they weren’t entirely satisfied the CQC findings were totally accurate.

They accused the CQC of ‘trying to deflect’ from issues surrounding the care home industry during the pandemic, namely the High Court ruling the government acted unlawfully by sending patients into homes without testing them for COVID-19.

The report also suggested staff were not being given adequate inductions, training or supervision to ensure they were skilled enough to support their patients.

The care provider for The Willows responded to that by telling The Lincolnite: “I feel we need to congratulate the staff under difficult circumstances, as they are never taken into account by these reports. We are always working with short staff numbers but the CQC take no notice.

“We asked the CQC for advice on staff shortages during the pandemic, to which they told us not to move staff around our care homes or else we will be fined.”

ADL Plc, which runs 21 care homes across the country, has vowed to ‘fight’ the report’s findings and says all patients in the care home are happy and well fed.

This most recent inspection has resulted in the CQC keeping The Willows under special measures, meaning it will remain under review for re-inspection within six months.

In adult social care services, a provider can be taken off special measures if it no longer rates inadequate in any of the five key category questions, which are safety, effectiveness, caring levels, responsiveness and ability to lead.

A postmistress in Lincolnshire has been invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this month, along with one of her work colleagues.

Mairi Wingate, who works at Barton-upon-Humber Post Office, was planning to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, but now has a very big plan on the agenda following an invitation from Her Royal Highness.

She will be attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May, receiving the invitation around two years ago. The original date was, of course, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Mairi has now received email confirmation that she will be going along to the party this month.

She ran a lucky draw to see who would accompany her at Buckingham Palace, and her work colleague Melanie was selected, so the pair are planning a mini-break with sightseeing and shows alongside the party.

Mairi is an essential part of her local community, having worked in Barton-upon-Humber her entire life. Her parents owned a local shop which she worked at until the age of 22 – she has spent the next 34 years as a postmistress.

Mairi said: “Her Royal Highness is a magnificent woman who has carried out her duties since her Coronation. I find it very inspiring that she stepped up and calmly embraced the nation’s obligations, reigning for 70 years. In many ways, I believe the royal family plays a vital role in our lives.

“I vividly remember the first time I saw Her Highness. When I was about five to seven years old and on holiday in Aberdeen with my family, I saw the Queen clothed in bright colours on a gigantic royal ship. I was ecstatic to see her.

“Mel and I are overjoyed and honoured to be invited to the celebration to commemorate this historic occasion. Though we are unsure who nominated us, I believe it was one of our customers who submitted my name for this award.

“This community has become my family, and I look forward to serving them every day.

“They are all delighted for us because they believe we are deserving of this chance. Our customers love this Post Office, and they have constantly applauded our services to them.”

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