Just a quick update on my situation.
1 year licence expired on the 09th February 2023. I applied for a new licence around 10th November and have been driving on Section 88 since 10th Feb.
I have called the DVLA 3 times for an update, being polite but firm and telling them that the practice I had used in the past for my medical had no delays with appointments and I would be happy to use them again. Last call was about 10 days ago.
Today (16th March 2023) I received 2 letters from them, one telling me they were going to write to my GP and the other advising me of the Practice they wanted me to go to for my medical, the same Practice I had given them the name of.
So calling them does seem to pay dividends. Be polite, acknowledge they work hard and that the call handler can only tell you so much and if you can provide them with the name of a Doctor to carry out your medical exam, all the better.
The first time it took my GP over 9 weeks to reply to the DVLA and I don't expect it to be any different this time around, so I could be looking at July or August for my licence re-issue.
Hopefully this time one that will take me through until I am 70.
Watch this space.