Urine soaked mattresses at care home rated ‘inadequate’ by CQC, but staff ‘doing their best’

A care home where mattresses were getting soaked through to the base with urine has been put into special measures. The ranking follows an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) at the Windmill Care Home in Rollesby.

In its report the watchdog judged it inadequate in four of the five main areas as well as overall.

A spokesman for the home said it was working really closely with Norfolk County Council and the CQC and that improvements had been made and were ongoing.

The spokesman stressed residents were not lying in wet beds.

The Windmill is home to 28 people.


Pensioner clears fly-tip left by council

A pensioner with cancer has described how he cleared a ditch of fly-tipped rubbish after the council said there were too many brambles and it wasn’t safe for them to do it. Christopher Peacher, 66, said the “slight incline” and thick undergrowth were no barrier to him at the roadside spot he regularly patrols for rubbish which feeds into the River Bure at Acle.

The saga started when Mr Peacher, 66, of Orchard Close, reported a fly-tip of some 100 plastic containers off a lay-by on the A1064 near his home village.

He said contractors from Broadland District Council took most of it, but not tyres and other debris entangled in undergrowth.

Armed with some gardening tools he set about doing the work himself, because of his serious health problems including a heart condition it took him three hours in two shifts.



Plan for 15 new homes in blooming Broads village draws concerns

A village famous for its flowers is trying to nip in the bud the efforts of a housing developer targeting a triangle of land. The scheme for 15 homes off Pound Lane in Filby is drawing concerns with the parish council.

Parker Planning Services wants permission to build the homes which it says would be in keeping with the character of the village.

Near neighbours in Pound Lane and on Main Road have objected, citing a range of concerns including drainage, traffic, flood risk and the effect on wildlife.

Filby Parish Council is due to discuss the application at its meeting in the club room at 7pm on Wednesday December 5.

People have until December 21 to have their say.


‘I now have my life back’: Grandfather’s painkiller plea as health bosses tackle opioid awareness

A grandfather who “religiously” relied on a cocktail of prescribed drugs to get through the day has spoken of his relief at getting his life back.

Steve Beamish, from Lowestoft, began taking high-strength opioid painkillers to tackle severe leg and back pain after suffering polio as a child.

The effects of the Fentanyl patches, first prescribed around seven years ago, initially helped, but the 64-year-old ended up a shadow of his former self, with his wife saying he had changed from the jovial and happy man she married. After being called in for a GP appointment, the former internal auditor was prescribed morphine pills and began weaning himself off the patches, and he now has his life back having fun with his family and has interests again. Mr Beamish hopes his story can inspire others to reconsider their use of opioid painkillers, as Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launch their #OpioidAware campaign to reduce the risk of serious side effects and premature deaths.

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