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    Assessment tomorrow morning

    I know its a bit late in the day for questions but something has been playing on my mind. My assessment is tomorrow morning...oh joy....I'm a nervous wreck, I'm in support group now but expecting the worst. My assessment will be at my home and I'm as prepared as I can be, its being recorded and I've just sat and listened to the recording from my last assessment, which brings me to my question....

    During the last assessment the HCP examined me and because my heart rate and blood pressure were normal used it against me, he also ignored the obvious pain I went through, so, does the HCP have a legal right to examine me ? can I refuse in a way that wont jeopardise the outcome of the assessment ?

    They have all the evidence they could possibly need, Doctors and specialists letters, MRI scan print outs etc. I have 14 long term health problems and provided proof of everything. A brief examination by someone less qualified who has no direct knowledge of my health is totally meaningless and irrelevant as my "main" problems are related to my spine.

    Any thoughts on this ?

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    They have a legal right to carry out a (brief) physical examination, you have a legal right to refuse if what they ask you to do would cause pain or distress.

    So if you refuse make it clear why you are refusing.

    I'm not sure that taking your heart rate or blood pressure could easily be refused on grounds causing you pain
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    Thank you, and understood, I'm panicking and going over things repeatedly in my head. I was terribly misrepresented the first time round, it was so bad I made an official complaint and was given an apology but it still put me through years of hell. The report was a disgrace on the lines of this man can wipe his nose so he can obviously work, the prognosis was that I could return to work in 3 months time as my Arthritis was expected to improve, in my list of problems Arthritis was way down that list. I have damage to my spine and heart disease which got only a very brief mention. I cant stand up unaided so he will have to do my BP and heart while I'm in my wheelchair, I wont be standing to do exercises of any description, I'm in constant pain and dont need anyone making it worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyte View Post
    the prognosis was that I could return to work in 3 months time as my Arthritis was expected to improve,
    A man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool…

    After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split.

    The waitress asked kindly, 'Crushed nuts?'

    'No,' he replied, 'Arthritis.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    A man shuffled slowly into an ice cream parlor and pulled himself slowly, painfully, up onto a stool…

    After catching his breath, he ordered a banana split.

    The waitress asked kindly, 'Crushed nuts?'

    'No,' he replied, 'Arthritis.'

    Hahahahaha! Great story.

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    My assessment is over !!!! it took less than 30 minutes, I got through it relatively unscathed, even my nuts are still "uncrushed". Still trying to calm though, its to early for a whiskey ...maybe It went really well, not what I was expecting, the HCP was good enough to tell me there was no need to go through the whole assessment as she had enough information and I had nothing to worry about. So fingers crossed, I think its all over.

    Slightly premature but, I want to say a big thank you to the forum and especially nukecad for all the help, I was going to nominate you for a Nobel prize but considering your (very bad) joke above I decided on the Noball prize.

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    If they cut it short that is usually a good sign, fingers crossed for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyte View Post
    My assessment is over !!!! it took less than 30 minutes, I got through it relatively unscathed, even my nuts are still "uncrushed". Still trying to calm though, its to early for a whiskey ...maybe It went really well, not what I was expecting, the HCP was good enough to tell me there was no need to go through the whole assessment as she had enough information and I had nothing to worry about. So fingers crossed, I think its all over.

    Slightly premature but, I want to say a big thank you to the forum and especially nukecad for all the help, I was going to nominate you for a Nobel prize but considering your (very bad) joke above I decided on the Noball prize.
    Oh that’s wonderful. Often the stress of waiting is the worst thing. I’m so delighted to hear your story as it gives hope to others. Many thanks.

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