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Mar 09, 2017 4:19 AM

Well yesterday I finally had my DWP medical. What a traumatic experience that was.
Firstly I got lost twice after I got off the bus, then when I got in there they were running 2.5 hours late, no apology or explanation given.
Eventually it was my turn to be subjected to what felt like an interrogation about my mental and physical health. She left me for ages while she phoned my Dr and my CPN for further information. As I left she rubbed my arm and said I wouldn't worry about your benefits but we shall see.
All in all by the time I left and got on the bus my anxiety was through the roof. It had taken 5.5 hours from leaving home to getting beck home for an hour long appt 😢😢

Mar 09, 2017 12:53 PM

I received a letter from the assessor telling me that she had contacted my Dr to express some concerns for my mental health and that I would need to see my Dr as soon as possible

Mar 10, 2017 1:58 AM

Oh my Cinders, that was a very long day and will take a couple of days to get over. Be kind to yourself and rest, give yourself time to get over the ordeal of all that travelling, the wait and the stress of the assessment.
They like to leave people waiting, everyone I know including myself has never been seen at the time we were supposed to be seen. Some people think they do it on purpose!?! (I'm not sure so I'm not commencing on that!).

With your assessor saying what she did when you was leaving and sending you that letter, you won't have a problem with being accepted on ESA and you'll probably be on the supported group where as I'm on the work related group (don't quote me on that tho because I keep getting confused between the both!!!).
Have you been in touch with your Dr yet? It must be worrying to think what she needed to get in touch with your doctor about plus the wait to actually see your Dr.

It's nice to know that there are some assessors out there who do care and actually see past the fact that just because you can walk and talk doesn't mean you're fit for work which is what I was told.

Now you have the time to concentrate on yourself, to see what treatments will help you.

Be kind to yourself and don't push yourself to hard. Sending you positive vibes and warm healing hugs xx

Mar 10, 2017 11:00 AM

Sezzy, I would just like to say a little thank you to you. Whenever I've talked about this medical you've always been so very supportive.
You are right it was a complete nightmare of a day. The journey and getting lost made me so anxious I thought I was going into a full blown panic attack.

It was horrendous, the waiting room was packed, they were sending some people away as they 'had more clients than they expected to attend' so were too busy to see them but weirdly enough kept accepting other people in. I was confused. I've been told before that they keep people waiting deliberately so they watch their behaviour.

I'm hoping I don't have to go through that ordeal again for a while. I phoned my Dr and was told yes they had a note of it but my Dr was ok for me to wait till 20.03. My CPN on the other hand wasn't so I saw her yesterday. She wasn't at all happy that I'd had to go at all, she's booked me another appt on mon and will see me twice a week for now.

I have to be honest and say that while she did the assessment I thought she was a 'snooty madam' but I was definitely wrong about her.

I'm planning on risking a bath later with some bubbles, a book and a cuppa. Then a weekend of doing not a lot 😊

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