As of May 11th 2020 the restrictions are starting to ease. Thank goodness! This has been a long 7 weeks of the unknown. I had hoped that I would have joined the NHS frontline by now, but despite all the planning and the predictions the NHS didn't get overwhelmed. This is a great thing, lockdown worked. Our little struggles, and personal losses over the last 7 weeks have meant we have made society as safe as possible and the NHS has survived as best as it could. I haven't been needed. Tough for me, great for them.
But now is the time to start being hopeful. Its time to cross our fingers and start planning ways and means of getting back to work. I don't like not working, to the point where I have considered finding a fruit picking job to pass the time. I still might if my optimism is just that.
I have been reading all the guidelines, the advice and COVID-19 Secure advice. The whole time I have found everything quite confusing being a healthcare professional but not in the NHS. It has been advised for us all to in every case go 'Virtual First' . Offer all patients virtual appointment, which quite frankly i don't want to do . I want to see my patients, be able to correct technique and offer hands on therapy. Its just not likely that will be possible for a very long time. So Virtual World, here I come.!
I have been busy creating documentation to show risk assessments for COVID-19, purchasing PPE and finding work around options that allow for social distancing. Change is not easy, but its time to try it.
I have chosen the 1st June 2020 as my return to work date. It probably won't be very busy but I'm ok with it. I will see what happens.
I'll keep you posted on how this will work over the coming weeks. In the meantime, stay safe, stay home, stay well.
Keeping you updated with what my thoughts are, infection control measures etc