A drawing of a face


August 25, 2016

This morning’s post delivered my final payslip. My last fifteen years of service to the NHS has come to an end and I am now redundant.

Whilst this has been a long time to come, it is still a bitter pill to swallow.

I can still remember sitting in the day room of my hospital ward as the news broke that we were going out to public consultation. The possibility of closure had been mentioned before but we were always so confident that our ward would survive. We were needed by the local community, we were loved by the local community, we were a family unit and stronger together.

As the first weeks passed by the belief that we would be saved soon faded. The powers that be had already started the wheels in motion for a replacement service. Hope for the future turned into a ticking time bomb and we just wanted the decision to be made public.

As expected the decision to close was made and within weeks we were closed. As I returned home from the hospital after giving birth to Piglet I was unable to be there for my colleagues as they closed the doors and shut off the lights for the final time.

The decision on what to do with staff left behind has taken them eight months to agree. With a final letter, a cold impersonal letter that stated I was on notice of redundancy and my official leaving date.

So here I am today, my payslip in my hand, my redundancy in the bank and for the first time since I left school, I am no longer in paid employment. I am fortunate that my blog has enabled me to make a part-time wage and I have hopes for the future.

A drawing of a face

But today, I am redundant and that’s pretty hard to deal with.

  • Elaine Kidd August 25, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I have been made redundant a few times due to businesses closing. It gave me a chance to look at life and make changes to my career. It may not seem so at the time but it can be a bit of tough love from life to push you down a better path.

  • Dawn Wilkinson August 26, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I can feel your loss and sadness through your writing. I do hope this is the start of a bright new chapter in your life.

  • Gillian Brewster August 27, 2016 at 1:07 am

    You have my every sympathy as do those your ward cared for who are now missing your services. Investment not cuts are actually needed across the NHS. (Wife of an RMN)

  • RachelSwirl August 28, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I have been made redundant a few times now and am currently pulling pints behind a bar to earn funds… it sucks but hopefully one day things will get better x

  • Debbie September 9, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    You know I’m a firm believer that life has a path for you. I know you’re leaving so much behind, but life seems to be directing you- to a new home, to a new start, and this does seem to fit with it all. I don’t doubt for a moment how scary, and gut-wrenching it is, but you have your friends and family to steady you when you wobble, and to provide you with all the hugs that you need to guide you through- wishing you every success with the new venture.

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