Oh My. At Last !
I have been missing for the last few weeks. It has been a tremendously busy time for me but sadly not on my businesses here. My husband, since March and the lockdown in the UK has not been able to work. He is a consultant gynaecologist and fetal medicine specialist ( private baby scan service) and in the UK when lockdown happened, they took all the private hospitals into the NHS to help with the outbreak which meant that he lost his income.. from 100% to zero in one day! We were barely supported by the UK government, it was a very scary time and we have been left with significant debt that we did not want but had no choice but to take the governement bounce back loan that we will have to repay over the next 5 years.
But we have kept going. My husband tried to get the baby scan service reopened at the private hospital but according to head office, the service was not authorised to practice under the government regulations and should not have been practising for the last 25 years ! Not to mention the numerous times the regulatory body had inspected the hospital over that period of time and said nothing. This turned out to be one persons interpretation of the regulations that were wrong but it stopped us earning anything for a significant length of time. You can imagine the frustration and complete feeling of helplessness. The misinterpretation of that person cost us £3000 a week, if I had my way I would take them to court but my husband is all for moving on.
So we decided to get our own regulatory approval and to hell with the private hospital.
The reason Im writing today, is that yesterday after two months of sheer hard work, writing policies for just about every single thing to do with the business, submitting them to the CQC, virtual walkthrough, 3 hour interview, further certificates for the building, services to the building, etc.. hour upon hour of sheer hard work - this was so far off my skill set - but thanks to the very supportive manager at the CQC we got approval yesterday!!!
Today we have moved the scan machine, Tiuesday we start business, and already I have 45 scans booked in for next week, which is 500% more than we have managed to earn in the last 5 months.
Over this period of time, I have not had my focus on my business here, it has had to take a back seat whilst I helped my husband get back into full time work again.
So next week we see him working every day - Monday to Saturday, all day and that is something we have not seen in sooooo long... since March in fact !
I know that whilst I have had to sacrifice these months in getting him back into work, and my business has barely been ticking along. But from next wek I know that I can plan my day. I will have to do some managerial work for my husband, fielding calls and booking patients in, but essentially my time will be my own again ! I can plan, get my week straight and back to a more normal routine. I cannot tell you how good that feels !
I know we have had our own struggles , no one has come out of all this without scars but little successes like this, going out and making things happen feels so good !