I’ve been on DLA high rate mobility and low rate care since 2003.
I have more care needs now and decided to apply for PIP, although was a wee bit worried about it.
Sent the form off for 14th June 2015, was acknowledged via text within days and within another week or so I received an appointment for my assessment on 24th June.
My appointment was to be in Edinburgh and I live in Glasgow.
I called ATOS and explained I was worried my bladder wouldn’t hold out for the journey (about 50 miles) and asked if I could change to Glasgow. Girl I spoke with was very nice and rearranged appointment to Glasgow for 8th July.
I was seen by a nurse who works for SALUS and she advised me they’re an NHS company and sub contracted by ATOS.
The nurse was very nice.
The assessment took about an hour, the nurse asked questions about how my disability affected me and typed the answers into the computer. She then did a couple of simple tests re my grip my strength - how far I could push her hand away.
The nurse advised me I should hear within 4-6 weeks.
The only thing I regretted was not taking notes to prompt me as there was a couple of things I forgot!
The nurse advised it would’ve been fine to do that. Just to have wait for the decision now…trying not to think about it too much.