May 20, 2022 10.34 am

Did you witness a road traffic collision on the A18 at Melton Ross?

Officers were called to the scene of a fatal road traffic collision on the A18 at Melton Ross, North Lincolnshire yesterday (Thursday 19 May) at 7:25pm after a blue Suzuki motorbike and a black Vauxhall Mokka collided.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, sadly the motorbike rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends as they come to terms with their loss. They are being supported by specialist trained officers at this difficult time.

Officers would like to thank the members of the public who came to the assistance of those involved in the crash.

We are appealing for anyone who was driving in the area at the time that may have dashcam footage. We would also appeal for anyone who saw the collision or the vehicles prior to the collision to call us on our non-emergency number 101 quoting log 592 of 20 May.

There has been cause for celebration at a Scunthorpe care home, as a World War Two veteran staying there turned 100 years old.

William Greaves, known as Bill, celebrated his century on Earth on May 12, with his family, friends and carers at Edmund House Bupa Care Home in Scunthorpe.

Bill was born in 1922 and was one of seven children. His father fought in the First World War while Bill helped his mother raise his siblings.

He then left school at 12 to work on Amcotts Farm in Scunthorpe, before moving to Manchester aged 18 and meeting his wife, May.

Bill and May Greaves got married as teenagers, falling in love at the drop of a hat. | Photo: Bupa Care Homes

The pair were married on June 7, 1941, both aged 19, and Bill says they used to enjoy dancing, holidaying in their caravan and walking in Mablethorpe.

Bill and May went on to have one son called Stuart and a daughter called Christene, and they are now proud grandparents of six and great grandparents of seven children.

Upon the breakout of the Second World War, Bill enlisted in the army and toured Italy, Egypt and Belgium during his time – receiving medals for his campaigns.

He demobbed in 1947 and settled down in a career of steam railways and steelworks until retirement, moving into Edmund House in 2015.

To mark his special day, a congratulatory card was sent to him by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and he had all his loved ones there with him on his 100th birthday.

Bill’s family joined him for a centurion celebration. | Photo: Bupa Care Homes

Bill said: “I don’t feel like I am 100 years old. I feel very lucky to have celebrated my special day surrounded by my lovely family and friends. My carers did a great job decorating the lounge and arranging for my favourite musicians to pay a visit to help me mark the special occasion.”

When asked if he has any advice for the younger generations, Bill said: “My motto is not to stress too much, you will only look back when you get older and wonder what all the stress was about. Also, you are never too old to admit when you are wrong and say that you are sorry.”

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.

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