As 2020 comes to an end, I think we can all agree this is a year we’d like never to see again, but it shall be one that will make its way to history books in schools for years to come, where our children will learn about the Coronavirus pandemic.
January, February and early March was a standard start to the month for me, working with colleagues at the Hospital Broadcasting Association in planning and prepping creative for the Annual Conference and National Hospital Radio Awards. We had designed merchandise and more to make the ceremony stand out.
Then, Coronavirus struck – everything we had planned was cancelled, or moved online and it was this type of adaptation that would take us throughout the rest of the year.
It was the first time we’d heard of words and phrases such as ‘social distancing’ the first time we’d all heard collectively of apps like Microsoft Teams and Zoom and the first time in generations the Government pleaded for us to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. Those daily press conferences formed part of a routine, genuinely was a little disappointed to see them end!
The pandemic also brought changes to my work in the NHS. All the plans we had for the remote monitoring service, accelerated and an ever increasing workload, which even as I write this, on New Years Eve, is increasing because of the varying lockdown rules. We’ve all had to adapt, but I like to think we’ve adapted with a smile.
Whilst 2020 has been a year we’d all like to forget, there was some good to come out of this year. I think in one way or another, we found a new appreciation for our lives and the little things that make it. That early morning commute, spending more time with loved ones, reminiscing on the good times with friends and many other things we probably take for granted, have been thrown into the limelight.
I’m thankful to have still had some of a routine with being able to go to work and to apparently not have caught Coronavirus myself, as far as I’m aware (I could have been asymptomatic). My partner caught COVID this year and friends I know have shown symptoms of varying degrees and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.
So what’s in store for 2021? Well, work on the Remote Monitoring service will continue at pace (no cardiac device pun intended!) and I’m hoping to get more creative. I’m going to set myself a challenge to learn UI Design and possibly some UX too, with a view of potentially setting up a business to help small businesses and charities with website and app designs, and anyone else who’d like my help. It might not happen, but that’s my 2021 goal
Finally, thank you for all of your support over the last year, it really does mean a lot. Whilst we’ll still face many challenges in 2021, hopefully there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
Have a safe and prosperous New Year.