My doctor’s note runs out at the end of this month. Yesterday I realised I didn’t actually know exactly what day it runs out, because the last one ran out on December 31st and obviously I was not about to be able to get a new one on New Year’s Day, and I just couldn’t remember what had been done.
Anyway, I rang the surgery and asked, earlier. Nice lady said the current one was issued on December 30th (naughty doc for doing that! Grateful that he did though) so runs out on Tuesday. What I’ve done up to this point is booked a phone appointment for that day. Can’t do that now, they’ve changed their process and you can’t do anything in advance with regard to doctor’s notes, you have to initiate contact on the day it expires and a new note should be issues within 48 hours.
This doesn’t fill me with joy as the DWP gives such a short timeframe for getting the note back to them, especially as the post paid envelope they provide is 2nd class…at least at the moment I can go and collect my note myself, previously my mum’s had to do that and she doesn’t live in town, she needs to get a train in from a village 7 miles out of town.
Also, the DWP’s not…wait, let’s not make assumptions, I’ll go and check the post. This involves a bit more than it does for most people! Out of my front door, down the corridor, round the corner and down a bit more corridor, round another corner and down some stairs, outside, and into the storeroom where the bins are…so yeah, post doesn’t get checked that regularly! Ooh, and a lovely passel of missives for me! Two from PIP and the DWP reminder…
"I am writing to tell you that the medical certificate that you sent us, which covers the period from 4 October 2014 to 29 June 2015 is about to run out.
Please send us another medical certificate by 30 June 2015…"
4 October? Wut? But ignoring that…so now they’re giving you no time at all to get the new certificate to them? What is the matter with these people D: As doctors are not allowed to predate these things, isn’t that just a teeny tiny bit daft of the DWP?