ATOS just rang and stressed me out

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ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby Ldyalb » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:02 pm

Got the phonecall about 15 mins ago. Dad had to call me down from downstairs, he didn't know who it was calling as all he caught was 'pensions' luckily he told her she'd have to wait awhile for me as I have Fibromyalgia and have to come downstairs slowly.

Anyway she offered me an appointment in Boston which I refused - it's 2 1 hour buses to get there with an hour wait in between them almost. No way can I do that twice in one day, I'll collapse. She was a bit annoyed with me for refusing it, I said I could only do Boston if on Tues, Weds or Thurs next week as that's the time my Mum's in the Boston office for work. She said they can't see me that quickly.
I said I needed an appointment nearer to me in either Spalding where Mum works or Kings Lynn which is a short drive or they'd have to come to me. I said a home visit would be best as I struggle with stairs and that way Mum doesn't need to take time off work to drive me there. But she said I'd have to go to them.

Then the computer crashed on her (ironic - they're an IT firm) so she said she'd call back to arrange an appointment in Kings Lynn.

Out of interest how do I go about getting a home visit?
If it's in Lynn Mum will have to take time off work to take me there else I'll have to get the bus there (35 mins) plus allow time to find the place, and I'd have to drag my elderly disabled father with me as although I do know Lynn reasonably well in terms of the shops I cannot find new places by myself due to the Dyspraxia. Plus if anyone here knows Lynn it's an awful town layout, there's no proper town centre and the streets are like a spider web. I struggle to find the shops there by myself anyway (if I need a specific shop) and I've been shopping there for almost 5 years now. I don't want to drag Dad to the appointment, plus I think if I go by bus they'll just automatically find me fit for work.
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby scartlass » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:35 pm

Atos are a pain in the neck.

Have they sent you a letter with an appointment? if so, ask your Dr to fax Atos requesting a home visit for you as you are unable to travel to a medical centre, otherwise phone them up and ask them for their fax number ect

Hope this helps, let us know what happens

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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby Ldyalb » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:00 pm

No, I was expecting the brown envelope (been on edge for weeks waiting for it) and then they just called at 6:45 tonight. I'm unemployed. They had 9am - 5pm to call me in, why call me that late? Dad thinks it's to try and catch people out, maybe someone else in the family would say 'oh she's gone out with a friend/to tea/to the supermarket' etc. And not realise who was calling. Glad I wasn't away at my boyfriend's when they rang!

I'm seeing my GP soon so I'll take him the letter when I get it, looks like my appointment isn't going to be until nearer the end of the month anyway and my sick note runs out on 13 Jan. Mum's happy to take time off work for it which is a relief but it's a massive pain. Just can't believe they suggested a 6 hour trip there and back to me when my village is only 10 miles from Kings Lynn! :roll:
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby war veteran » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:15 pm

atos recently told me i had to sit a medical because i moved into a new area even though it was put down i need a home visit they still seemed to think they would send a letter out in post for an appointment miles away lol
this was after them telling me i had to do a form or sit a medical and i made shore i wouldnt have to do both as with ptsd you dont go over things messes up theropy. after doing the form they decided i had to still sit a medical t :swear1: :swear1: ts
but what i had to do was get a letter from my doctors saying you cant travel painful to walk if they want me to be tested then they have to come to me, thats all you need to do.
takes them ages as they cant send out a useless nurse has to be a doctor
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby Ldyalb » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:47 am

Thanks folks :-D

I'm now feeling much better about it, just got a nasty shock to the system. The woman I spoke to wasn't rude but she was very abrupt and cold. Just got to wait and see what they say when they ring me back. Just want it over and done with now!
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby scartlass » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:42 am

I had a "medical" at the end of November, got 6 points, i wrote and asked for a copy of my medical report, i can't believe what was on there, apparently i have no trouble doing my housework i can hoover, cook, clean,walking and no problem with showering ect, they were not the answers i gave to him, so they just write what they like, just to get you off ESA, so i would make sure you have someone there with you to take notes or tell them you want it recorded, which is what i'm going to do next time, i was suprised i got 6 points to be honest with you, as most people don't get any. i'm not going to stress my self about it like i did last year, i had an appeal in april 2011 which i won and in july 2011 i got another ESA form to fill in, so it's like a merry go round

i hope it all goes well for you, keep us updated

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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby war veteran » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:16 am

i had medical i was to physically unwell to do the second half and sent me home. so they just wrote anything even tho i got ibs and cant control my bowls weekly (instant 15 points) they still gave me 3 lol w@&*$%s
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby Ldyalb » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:29 pm

Oh I'm already fully expecting the medical to be a travesty, will definitely be taking my Mum in with me as back up and will get her to make notes.

I just feel that the best thing they can do for me is to put me in the WRAG so I can get some help towards finding a suitable job that I can actually keep when I'm feeling better. I got my first permanent, full time job in June 2010, got fired a year ago tomorrow (had lots of time off sick, was doing really well there and they loved me, the minute I called in sick they snapped and treated me like dog dirt, setting my targets as double those of my counterparts in other teams, despite the fact I worked 5 hours a day and my counterparts 9 hours a day... until eventually firing me).

I got my second permanent full time job in August but called in sick after 3 days because the stress of it sent me in a flare. They were awful there too, said my wrist supports (prescribed by my Hand Therapist) looked unprofessional and shouldn't be worn at work! They also refused me an ergonomic keyboard and had an insane rule that we couldn't have a drink unless we made a drink for everyone else. But I wasn't allowed to write people's names on the cups (everyone had identical paper cups, 1 each of water and then 1 each of tea/coffee so I had no idea which one was for which person) and I couldn't carry the tray of them up four flights of stairs without assistance which they also didn't like (and yes, they knew I was disabled). They also had a silly rule that you could only have lunch with 'permission' which meant I often couldn't take my tablets at the necessary times as I was refused permission to leave my desk to eat (eating at desks also forbidden), as was keeping any stationary on your desk and keeping medication on your desk to remind you to take it... I quit on the advice of my GP.
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby tyrannosauRoss » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:50 pm

Wow Ldyalb, that sounds truly awful! Especially the second place of work.

It might be worth while to speak to our resident legal expert about seeking compensation for (what feels to me) bullying and for the places you worked in after 2010 not cohering to the Equality Act of 2010.
Quoted from a website:

The Equality Act 2010 (EA) makes it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people (see below for types of disability discrimination). It also requires you to make reasonable adjustments for your disabled staff to enable them to do their job and participate in work activities. A reasonable adjustment might include:

adjusting the disabled person's working hours or allowing them to work flexible or part-time hours
providing specialist equipment, eg voice-activated software, Dictaphones, chairs, workstations, wheelchairs or loop/communication aids
re-allocating some duties to another employee or re-deploying the disabled person to another post
Discuss with your disabled employees the support that you can provide to enable them to do their job. You could invite new employees to look around your premises before they begin work in order to assess what adjustments might be required.

The EA recognises the need to maintain a balance between the rights of disabled people and the interests of employers. Employers are only required to make adjustments that are reasonable for the given circumstances. In determining what is reasonable, factors such as the cost of the adjustment, its practicability and the extent of the employers' financial and other resources may be taken into account.


You can argue that you weren't provided the specialist equipment requested, the keyboard.
They didn't adjust your working patterns allowing you to eat and take your medicine and the issue with carrying the drinks, again they could've re-allocated those duties to someone else.
Although stupid drink rules sounds like a stupid wee office rule and really shouldn't be enforcable or a cause to have a black mark against your name.

It could be a lot of stress and effort but it may be worth it, especially if you have a documented case against these "term for children of unmarried parents."
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby Ldyalb » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:18 pm

I did seek legal advice at the time with the first, did have a case but couldn't afford to sue. You have to sue within 3 months of leaving though else your case won't get heard if you were on probation which I was on both times. It would have cost me £400 just to have them evaluate all the paper work to assess the strength of the case, didn't even have that, let alone the rest and didn't want the stress of suing either :(

I was only at the first place 3 days so I doubt they'd have heard any sort of case, to be honest it was such an awful mistake I made going there I was just so glad to quit, plus as my GP advised me I need to live with someone to care for me I had to quit that job and move back home as the job was in SW London and my parents home is in Lincolnshire so wasn't exactly commutable either.
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby tyrannosauRoss » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:42 pm

Ah ok, I didn't know that.

Hugs to help make ya feel better.
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby Woodentop » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:15 pm

Read the posts and am starting to feel stressed - I have my ESA medical tomorrow. I need lots of gentle hugs :needhug:
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby denys » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:42 pm

Try not to stress woodentop :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :fingerscrossed:
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby Ldyalb » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:46 pm

Good luck. Remember - if it doesn't go in your favour you do have the right to appeal so it's not the end of the world if they don't give you 15 points straight away. Just tell them the truth and let us all know how you get on.

I'm still waiting for that woman to come back to me. I just want to know the date now so Mum can book time off work and so I can get myself mentally prepared for it.
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Re: ATOS just rang and stressed me out

Postby Woodentop » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:09 pm

Thanks guys -I'll let you know what happens.
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