I was recently referred to an Occupational Health Doctor by my employer (NHS) because of intermittent time I have had off due to severe endometriosis, etc. The Doctor seemed to have good knowledge of the subject and was very sympathetic to what I am going through. The Doctor said that I was too ill to work. I replied that I had to work for financial reasons (basically, my income pays the rent so if I don't work my husband and I lose our home) and that it was my understanding that it was very hard for people with endometriosis to be considered eligible for any benefits; the Doctor disagreed with the second part and believed I would be eligible and I should look into this further which I agreed to do. At the very least, he said I should take the next year off work.
I had operations for endo in December 2012 (which triggered the sickness absence policy at work), April 2015 (which triggered the sickness absence policy at work for a second time) and I am currently on the waiting list for a third operation which will trigger the sickness absence at work policy for a third and final time.
A big part of me really wants to stay in work and I work exceptionally hard when I am there, but I also feel that I am gradually struggling more and more to do things...
I don't really see that I can take a year off work financially, as my life savings would only keep a roof over our heads for 3 months.
I told the Doctor that the least number of days I could reduce to at work would be 3 days but that would be exceptionally tough on us financially.
So, I would really like your advice and experiences of who I should contact to find out if I would be eligible for any benefits, how it is calculated, how much I would get, etc.