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I had my PIP assessment on 23rd June and thankfully it wasn't as bad as I expected after reading so many horror stories online. So if you have one coming up please try to think positively and believe they are not all bad!
I travelled by taxi to my assessment and had a friend with me for support. The taxi dropped us off right at the entrance of the waiting room, which had glass windows so the secretary could see right through. She was nice though - she came and opened the door for us and then asked us to sit down whist she registered my arrival. She came over and asked me for my ID, which she took to her desk, checked and then returned to me along with a travel expenses form - so no having to get up and down to stand at her desk. I got into my appointment on time and it was less than 10 metres from the waiting room.
I was assessed by a female physiotherapist who basically just asked me questions based on the PIP assessment criteria and I just told her really what I had written on my PIP application form. She just typed as I talked.
At the end of her questioning she said 'I usually carry out a physical examination but I am not going to carry this out because it wouldn't be of any benefit to you and we have all the evidence we need to assess you'
So what do you think she meant? She did see me struggle to walk in and I obviously talked about my mobility issues during our q&a session, so do you think she it went in my favour or not?
My assessment lasted aprox 35 minutes and the nurse told me that she would be completing her report that day and sending it straight over to the DWP. She also said that there is an aprox 6 week wait until decisions are made in my area at this time.
Anyway, she must have sent her report straight in because I received a text message from the DWP stating that they now had all the info required to make their decision and would let me know as soon as it is made.
I was just relieved to have it all over and done with!
Oh and I just received a letter from the DWP yesterday stating I am staying in the support group for ESA. I sent in my ESA claim form in March so they obviously felt they didn't need to send me for a medical! I am really pleased as I have been worrying that I may have to attend yet another medical.
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