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Had ESA medical today

Postby Ldyalb » Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:58 pm

So Judgement Day finally arrived.

Hard to tell how it went, they kept me waiting for over 30 mins - after 20 I complained and the lady at the desk passed my file to a Dr. The lady who assessed me said she was a GP and specialised in Occupational Health, she got very annoyed when we asked whether she was a Dr or not and said it wasn't relevant. Mum bit her tongue, she said after that she felt like saying that when she sees clients they want to check she's actually a Lawyer, and not the Secretary. Lasted about 25 mins, I think she tried to trip me up a few times but I kept my cool.

Luckily I slept very badly and was visibly stiff and struggling to keep awake and focussed. She kept the physical exam very brief, not sure if that's good or not but tbh I think it wouldn't make much difference - I'm statistically more likely to be failed than passed.

She asked a few worrying questions and told me she needed to check if I had a pulse. I had to bite my tongue and say I was pretty sure I hadn't died during the questioning :roll: . She asked how long I'd had Hypermobility Syndrome and Dyspraxia which is about a stupid as asking someone with Downs Syndrome when it started - you're born with it or you aren't. People don't just become Hypermobile.

There were a few points where she didn't understand (she wasn't a native English speaker), and she didn't listen to some things so we had to keep repeating them. But aside from that it seemed to go about as well as it could go really. I could imagine much worse, but not much better considering the nature of the system, and that they're paid to fail people.

Just got to wait and see now, so glad it's over and done with!
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby Adele » Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:15 pm

hi hun. sounds like the usual hell. at least it's out of the way and if you failed you failed, if you passed - thank goodness. the appeals process is now becoming a standard part of the application process. gotta keep us scroungers busy :lol: xxx
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby Ldyalb » Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:34 pm

Yeah, it's not like we've got illnesses to deal with or anything :roll: - I do sometimes feel it's almost a full time job claiming sickness benefits, the amount of red tape etc that we have to go through is enormous.

She didn't seem to believe I was teetotal (gave up alcohol at 21 when I graduated but wasn't a big drinker before). People seem to have this obsession that all young people are permanently off our heads with booze and it really irritates me.

I don't think she was fully convinced that I hardly ever see friends either, some I haven't seen almost two years - we're all over the UK. One's just come back from South Africa - not exactly a place you can pop to for a cuppa and a biccie.

Oh well - I'll probably appeal and if I don't have to I'll probably faint with shock. If I do pass it'll be some sort of miracle. But you never know, maybe there's some kind of disability gods who may smile down on me.

At least I can enjoy the rest of the day now and get some very well earned :sleep: :-) xxx
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby chrissietosh » Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:43 pm

Is this how it's going to be for everyone? We trail into town (a nightmare for me) to have a medical we have no chance of passing unless we're dragging the bloody stump of an arm or leg behind us? :-?
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby Ldyalb » Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:25 pm

Pretty much. There's a man in a coma been found fit because he didn't attend the medical, which he couldn't attend because he was in a coma

The DWP doesn't do intelligence sadly.

You do have the right to request a home medical, but it's not always guaranteed. If you want a home medical you usually need to get your Dr to write and say that you need one.

I did request one but they said no, luckily I'm only a 15 minute drive from the assessment centre which is 11 miles away so going there in person wasn't too bad. But if you face a long drive, or the medical isn't accessible to you (mine was fine for me, it was ground floor, ironically it had wheelchair accessible toilets and buttons to release the doors, but a very small and cramped waiting area and corridor which would struggle to accomodate a wheelchair easily) then it's worth pushing for a home visit.

I was also lucky to get a Saturday appointment so my Mum didn't need to take time off work to take me there and back. If I'd gone by bus I'd have faced a 30 min journey, plus quite a walk to the centre from the bus station. They do pay your travel expenses though, they're reimbursing me £5.50 to cover the petrol for the 22 mile round trip. They said they work it out based on 25p a mile.
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby Roseofsharon » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:28 pm

I hope you've passed. Glad that it's all over for you.
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Postby Ldyalb » Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:38 pm

Me too, I think if I do the whole country will be able to hear my squeal of joy :lol: It's about time I had some sort of miracle ;-)
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Re: Had ESA medical today

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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby animalhouse » Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:39 pm

just reading a few backdated articles as not kept up lately.

hope you do ok at medical :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:

if you don;t and they use that for dla purposes don;t forget to keep remeinding them it should be dissallowed if proven wrong or they still use it anyway.

yoou just never know which way the wind is gonna blow. :-D :-D
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby Ldyalb » Thu Feb 02, 2012 4:15 pm

Thanks :-)

Just got to play the waiting game now. I'm not expecting anything other than 'nil points' tbh. I don't know which would annoy me more - nil points or some points, but not the full 15.

I rang the DWP on Monday to request that they send me a copy of the report as soon as it's ready for my records. She said if I haven't received it by the end of next week to ring and chase. So hopefully that means I should hear next week. I just really want to know now!

*needs an impatient emoticon*
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby Roseofsharon » Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:39 pm

:fingerscrossed: Hope they don't keep you waiting. I'm still waiting for my DLA answer. Think I'll phone them tomorrow.
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby Ldyalb » Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:03 pm

How long have you been waiting Rose? best to ring tomorrow so you don't spend all weekend annoyed with yourself for not ringing and knowing you have to wait until Monday. Hopefully you'll get the right answer soon :-)

I'm also waiting for my DLA answer, got a letter a week ago last Monday saying they were writing to my GP and would be in touch. It was annoying as it a) sent me into a tizz and b) wasn't expecting an answer until well in to late Feb so now I'm expecting one way before I would have done if they'd just not sent the letter. :twisted:

This kind of feels like the calm before the storm, except it's not calm - I'm agitated! And I now hate Sundays for having no post. But I know the chaos of getting two 'no' answers will be worse with appeals etc. So it's relatively calm, but not actually calm if that makes sense.
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby Roseofsharon » Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:12 pm

I first applied in November and got a 'no'. I then wrote to them (Posted two weeks later) asking them to relook at the decision. Received the letter saying they were waiting for a letter from my GP and then had a letter apologizing for the delay in around mid January. I@m getting anxious now for an answer.


I hope yours is the right answer and that you don't have to go through appeals. I went trough my ESA Appeal last August, and am not eager to go through an appeal for DLA. So :fingerscrossed: for both of us.
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby Ldyalb » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:15 pm

You should hear soon then with luck, it's been a while. I sent my forms off just after Christmas and they arrived 29th Dec so just ahead of my 6th Jan deadline for backdated payments.

They always say 40 working days, which for me is late Feb. Sounds like you had a similar 'sorry for the delay' letter to me. Don't know if 40 days also applies to reconsiderations though. Guess it depends how long it takes for the details from your GP to get to them.

I'll definitely appeal if they say no, I know lots of people are turned down first time automatically which is so so wrong. They always say you only need to have the problems for 3 months before applying, yet in reality they seem to like to make people wait even longer than that.

Let's hope we both get good news soon and that neither of us has to go to appeal :fingerscrossed:
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Re: Had ESA medical today

Postby animalhouse » Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:01 am

Hhope you get some good news soon then you guys and it doesn't lead to yet another battle.

like you say its hard when you are waiting but also if you get an outlright no and then its the dilemma of do you start again or and put your life in turmoil or leave it for abit and have a break then pick up the baton again. which is where i am at the moment.

will be contacting cab soon as i am due for renewal in may so will do it with them next time.

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