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deteriorating health - what help can I get to remain at work?

Juksey Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited November 2023 in Work and employment

in the past 2 years my health has deteriorated. diagnosed with Heart disease almost 2 years and received 9 Stents last year, this included a ruptured Artery during the 2nd  Angioplasty - repaired with stents.

This year I have I found myself  at times overtired confused and foggy brain
Doctors diagnosed a B12 deficiency  4 months ago with follow up B12 injections.
but lately the  doctor has also recommended  tests for Sleep Apnoea. - resulting in being told not to drive. 

I work full time onsite IT Support (16yrs) 20+ miles from home 
my company are aware of my recent health issues. from last year, after long term sick for 4 months and a long phased return to work.
but this year is now being compounded by Tiredness, confusion, disorientation. 
and being told i cant drive until Diagnosed and treated.  (could take 1 year)

what help can I get to remain working. (Scotland)



  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 2,911 Scope online community team
    Hi @Juksey , welcome to the community. Sorry to read about your declining health, I hope you're doing okay today.

    If you have a HR department at your company they might be able to have a conversation about reasonable adjustments to see if there's anything that would help you to continue working. Are your employers currently being supportive about your health issues? 

    Would your company be open to you working from home, or is that not possible for your role?

    Just so you know, I've popped your post into our Work and Employment category so it's more visible to people with similar experiences. Hopefully they'll be along shortly to offer some more advice :)
    Rosie (she/her)

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  • Juksey
    Juksey Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thanks Rosie

    they were quite good last year with the phased return.  Back then we had a lot of local tickets that needed chasing up, (equipment returns) but I've dealt with that backlog while working back to "Business as usual". 
    Most of my work involves onsite investigation/repair/replacements. my problem is that my Position is "Site" and expected to be in person - customer facing.
    All other IT  issues are dealt with by overseas teams. although one part is at least part of my outsourced company. so that may be an option for temporary secondment. 
    My doctor recommended no driving, but didn't directly note working from home. 
    not being able to drive will create a 2hr Commute to the office and back using public transport 
    4hrs travel on top of 8hr day when I'm already Tired may be straw that breaks the back. 
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