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Dwp assessments.

Your thoughts please. When attending a face to face medical assessment how should we prepare for the physical part. Should we natural and attend without medication which helps our disabilities or should we attend with our body full of medication to help our needs noing full well that over a long period of time this will only damage our organs. The reason I ask is with out my pain relief I can not physically live anywhere near a normal life let alone be able to hold down any sort of job.


  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,352 Disability Gamechanger
    When you attend your acessment the acessor will already have details of any medication you are taking from the information you wrote in your applecation form. You may be asked to comfirm this and why you take a particular drug. The answer you give will allow the acessor to gauge how well you have of understanding your health and medication needs. The acessor should and must not ask or insist that you do any activities during the acessment that causes you pain or discomfort. When the acessor records your ability to complete certain movements they use terms of how many degrees you can move your limbs ect. Getting a copy of your acessment report will give you an insight of what your award could or will be. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    A face 2 face assessment, isn't a medical. For ESA it's an assessment to determine your capability to do any type of work.

    If you take medication daily, then why wouldn't you take it on the day of the assessment? 

    As wilko says, if they ask you to do something that causes you pain and discomfort then tell them you can't do and why.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,537 Disability Gamechanger
    If you are taking medication then you continue to do so as prescribed. What matters at the assessment is as much down to the detsil you provide verbally as it is to any examination. 
  • o5jessicao5jessica Member Posts: 42 Connected
    What about pip medical assmememt as I'm not offer my area unable to travel 30 miles my care complex disability medical health too
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,537 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP assessment is also not a medical. If you want to argue for a home assessment you’ll need a letter from your GP and evidence that you are unable to make it to even your GP or hospital appointments. You can ask for it as a reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act 2010 but not wanting to and being unable to are two different things.
  • o5jessicao5jessica Member Posts: 42 Connected
    I do get home visits not just medical practice gp. Dental health care services. I'm going through joint community care health care s care act assessment process too .
    On my medical records,too 
    I'm require record assessment by capita . Know I'm do not travel  not use public transport , 
      My town Thier is capita office too 

    Limited mobility one handed  

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