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Thread: Had a PIP assessment today 04/11/2013 at home lasting 1 hour 21 minutes.

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    Had a PIP assessment today 04/11/2013 at home lasting 1 hour 21 minutes.

    Hi all re the above, my assessment was with Capita, the assessment lady was a nurse who rang about 10 mins prior to being due to tell me she was going to be half an hour late. She turned up at the new time as spoken of.
    Once in my home we sat in my living room & went into no other rooms at all. She sat on one sofa & me the other. I offered no drink or anything. I made sure I had my ID with me which was my passport & a number of ESA letters as they require to ensure that they are speaking to the right person, I also made sure I had my medication next to me so that I didn't need to go looking for stuff. First thing first the assessor examined my ID stuff noting my passport number. She had a laptop and we started discussing my issues and the fact that I had been medically retired from work just under a year ago.
    I was asked about my injuries one of which I picked up at work in 1999 in a car crash (industrial accident) and several other crashes at home after this which aggravated my injury later resulting in me requiring spine surgery in 2007.
    I was also asked in detail about my other injury (ankle damaged and keyhole surgery in 20110,2012 & ligaments rebuilt early 2013) and possibility I have Lymphedema in the ankle and the lower leg but waiting to see a specialist to confirm diagnosis.
    My history re crashes causing my injury to my neck gets a bit complicated but tried to iron this out and the fact that I don't like taking prescription drugs but would prefer to use over the counter drugs as and when I need to as I had had a bad experience a few years back using prescribed tramadol and amatryptaline. I was examined the usual way, chin on chest, head back, look to the left/right, push my hands up/down, squeeze my fingers and the usual stuff. I'm a big bloke and even with my weakness in my right arm due to my neck injury I'm still strong especially as I was towering over the assessment lady.
    I was asked about bedroom locations, bathrooms, where I wash, do I get help, do I walk, what are my hobbies, do I sort the banking, have i purchased anything using my ipad on line, who sorts the bills (direct debits/standing orders), do I drive, is my car auto or manual, is the car mobility, what are my bad/good days, what housekeeping do I help with, what's my sleep like, what am I like with my injuries in the morning, what things to I have to help me ie walking stick, shower etc, do I drive or my wife, is it harder at home when my children are at home not school, who drives the kids to school and walks them into school, how to I get downstairs, how is my mental health like due to not going out much, do we take the kids out for meals or go out anywhere with them, how do I dress, do I get help dressing, can I do buttons/zips, do I forget things, can I plan a journey, how far do I go from home, do I forget to self medicate or refuse to take medication, have I put weight on (yes), can I walk on my tip toes, how far can I walk in comparison to the length of a bus, could I walk a mile.

    I made the assessor aware I can't wear proper shoes due to my right ankle issues and showed her my deformed croc shoe.
    The assessor examined my foot and tested the feeling in it by using a vibrating tuning fork. I told her I was starting to have trouble with my right knee and she stated that it appeared to be swollen. I showed her some photos I'd taken of my ankle and leg when they were very swollen , I made her award that my foot and leg had swollen in the short time she had been at my home address even though I'd done nothing prior to her arrival.
    I explained in detail about my job (the one I was medically retired from) and why I was not coping when I was working.
    I'm sure I have missed quite a bit, I'll add some more when I've had a think. Sorry it's a bit like a list but I've written it down as it came into my head in no particular order. X
    Last edited by Garth; 04-11-13 at 21:09.

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    Sounds like she gave you a real going over Garth.lol. Very informative post and very helpful to others. Hope you get a good result.

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    Thanks for posting Garth. Read with interest, getting ready for mine tomorrow. I know one thing I will be able to tell them and that is I'm tired out. Wont sleep a wink tonight.

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    Good luck.

    Quote Originally Posted by cookiesmum View Post
    Thanks for posting Garth. Read with interest, getting ready for mine tomorrow. I know one thing I will be able to tell them and that is I'm tired out. Wont sleep a wink tonight.
    Good luck for tomorrow, it's pretty much all the garbage questions as in the paperwork application. I didn't move from my seat on the sofa apart from fidgeting here and there to get comfy.
    One thing for sure was she was certainly trying to pin me down on my walking ability and the distance I can cover which I stated varies massively from one day to another depending on the time of day and whether or not I'm full of painkillers. It's all a bit nuts I think, I'm a bloke whose been medically retired having seen my works doctor who states that due to two injuries I'm permanently disabled, then I'm referred to an independent doctor who confirms this and they medically retire me. Should be enough I think, they didn't make the decision to medically retire me without first examining me and my medical history!

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    Very informative post, (note) should be made a sticky

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    Hi guys just had phone call from ATOS to say my appointment at 3pm today has been cancelled. I'm beyond fuming now.

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    Good post and very interesting to read. It gives others a good indication on what evidence they will need
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    Can't believe they let you down!!

    Quote Originally Posted by cookiesmum View Post
    Hi guys just had phone call from ATOS to say my appointment at 3pm today has been cancelled. I'm beyond fuming now.
    It's ironic that if we let down the system by failing to attend or be available for appointments then we are punished, perhaps they could pay a fee say £50 compensation every time they fail to show up for us thus compensating relatives who have had time off work to accompany us. I could really rant about this!!!
    Last edited by Garth; 05-11-13 at 17:52.

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    Thank you Garth very informative...

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    When I answered the phone the guy said. 'Hello ATOS healthcare here, have you any questions?' I said, 'tell me what you want and then I'll ask the questions'. Unbelievable. They couldn't run a p up in a brewery. The place he wanted me to go to tomorrow would have taken me about two and a half hours each way, two buses and two trains each way. I have mobility problems they know that. If I didn't I wouldn't be asking them for help. I really worry about what is going to happen to sick people, with this gang of inept fools we have running our country.x

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