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Can I request medical notes from my doctor? I've applied for PIP but can't remember the dates

maryjane67 Member Posts: 13 Listener
edited September 22 in PIP, DLA, and AA
hi can i request medical notes  from your doctor as i have apply for pip but do not remember dates when i started when osteoarthritis  and xray done on my knee  


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,311 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    Yes you can request copy of your medical notes 

    If the dates are all you want then this should be easy enough to obtain 
    Here to help with my experience in hunan resources and employment rights 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,840 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes you can and it's free to receive digital copies of your medical records but PIP isn't about a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect you against the PIP descriptors.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,508 Disability Gamechanger
    There's no real reason you would need dates for a PIP application. For what? The date you started meds? That can be approximate. The date you got a diagnosis or developed daily living or mobility needs ? As long as that's more than 3 months ago then there's no issue. 

    Not sure why you'd even need to request your medical records if for some obtuse reason dates were needed. It's just a phone call and likely the reception staff can locate quickly or get the GP to give you a call back. 
  • maryjane67
    maryjane67 Member Posts: 13 Listener
    hi thanks yes its only dates i need 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,508 Disability Gamechanger
    Again though. But why? What dates? 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 10,579 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @maryjane67 - the PIP claim form just asks you to list your health conditions/disability, & approx. when they started. So, for example, I have a genetic disorder, but rather than saying this started at birth (which it obviously did), I remembered having problems from being about 13, so simply stated my problems with this genetic disorder started in approx. xxxx year. I didn't get diagnosed until I was 47, rather a lot of years later, illustrating a diagnosis in itself doesn't matter, rather when you started having problems with it. My genetic disorder also caused osteoarthrosis, but, as this is caused by 'wear & tear,' often over several years, I would just give an approx. year as to when this became problematic, not worry about the date of an X-ray which may have later confirmed this. Does that make sense to you? Just to add, it's very unlikely the DWP will get in touch with any of your Drs to confirm anything, least of all dates.
  • maryjane67
    maryjane67 Member Posts: 13 Listener
    yes thank you chiarieds that great 


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