Had my DLA ATOS medical today

Well after having to cancel the first one due to it being inconvienient first time round, I received a letter on Saturday morning telling me my Home medical was this morning!!!!

A Dr Parmar was here for about 40 minutes, he asked a lot of questions which he wrote on the form he was filling out most of which I couldnt read, all I got was in one section he wrote "Well Dressed" and upon asking the question about if I had good and bad days, he asked how often I had Good days, he had already written the answer 1-2 days per week, but I said goodness no more like 1-2 days per month if im lucky so he scribbled out week and wrote month. Thats all I got, he didnt ask me to "perform" any tasks, he did see me struggle into the room on crutches, my husband was with me to get tea and any other paperwork he needed, he just got me to try to make a fist and grip his finger which i could hardly do to which he commented how affected my hands were and marked me as a 3 for each hand, then i had to put my hands on my hips and behind my head and marked me 1 for each elbow and shoulder, then i had to rotate my feet in a circle which I sort of completed and then to try to bend my leg and bring my foot up to my body which I couldn't do so I was marked a 3 for each hip and a 3 for my left knee. He told me which joints he found to be significantly impaired (hands, hips and knee) and said he would do his best for me.

I found the Dr to be very pleasant and was not in the least 'unhelpful'

He said it would be about 6-8 weeks now until i get a decision so despite the horror stories ive read on hear and other sites im quite hopeful of a good outcome. I will of course apply for a copy of the report as soon as I can in case I do need to appeal.

I do have a question though, does anyone know what the points were he was awarding for my joints movement as I have mentioned above, i.e 3 for hips but 1 for arms etc?

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  • Hi! Really good to hear you're experience was ok! We are hearing so many horror stories about these medicals it nice to hear something positive for a change! I'm sorry I don't know for sure what the numbers he was scoring were but I imagine they are indicators of how much movement you have? Good luck! Hope you get a positive outcome!xx

  • im glad it seemed to go well did you get to see the summarry they write at the end.i got a copy of mine and although there was a couple of dicrepancies, theoverall summary was atrocious prob my doc peeps had him before. i really wish you well and sounds as though he very helpull good luckxxxxx

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