Hro medical (your experiences)

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Battybird72

Member
Hi, you came to the right forum at the right time where you will get all the help and support you need whilst you are dealing with this predicament...HRO doesn't categorise you as dependent and you can only be classed as dependent or misuse by your GP if you previously have been to your GP due to alcohol related issues...

Thank you KillerT for your reply. I am so glad I found this forum and that people can talk without being judged - it really is a life saver. I think the worst thing is searching for things on Google and indeed on this forum and reading frightening information. Maybe I am wrong in reading other’s stories and comparing them to what potentially could be my outcome? You guys on this forum are so kind. Thank you.
 

Lauren1994

Member
Update on my progress. I just came off the phone to the DVLA, the lady asked why I hadn’t provided gp details and I explained I wasn’t asked for them at my medical. She then told me to hold the line, came back and confirmed my bloods and everything is satisfactory and she will be issuing my license today so I can drive as soon as my ban is up on Sunday!! 🥳
Hi when did you have your medical
 

Covidiot

New member
All,

I haven't posted on this site before but I have searched through it frequently over the past 6 months whilst I have been banned (especially in the early hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep). I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for sharing there experiences and whilst I haven't been active on the site, I thought I would return the favour to others and share my experience.

It's a life changing event for anyone, lucky my misdemeanour didn't result in anyone being hurt but had I known how much losing my driving license would cost me and not just the financial penalties (selling car, increase insurance premium, solicitor costs, medical costs, application costs, fine etc), but the real things that matter commuting to work, being able to take my family places, nursery runs, having to explain to people why I couldn't drive. I would certainly have thought twice before I made that mistake nearly 3 years ago. I won't go into the details behind my story as I don't think that matters, what I will share is my journey to getting my license back. Originally I was banned for 29 months and fined £800. The judge offered the opportunity to reduce my ban by 4 months following completion of the DDR course. Although the reduction was small, my advise to anyone that gets the opportunity to attend this course, please do. After trying to ignore the fact I had to do the course I applied and completed it. I found it informative and eye opening, infact this was where I first heard about the medical requirement for HROs, up to this point I assumed that on completion of my ban I would get my license back.

Initially I was pleased that my ban had been reduced and started to think about having my license back. As advised on the course, I reapplied for my license in Feb 20(3 months before my ban was up). Then Covid-19 hit and my application was held up, I received a letter in April informing me that no DVLA medicals were being undertaken for the next 12 weeks. Post this I didn't hear anything, so once the 12 weeks had passed I called the DVLA and was informed that no doctors in my area were doing DVLA medicals. I then called back a week later to check and the advisor informed me the closest doctor was over 100 miles away. I took that opportunity, a week later my letter arrived, I called the medical practice and took the first available appointment which was 25 days from the day I called. I then abstained from drink apart from one beer when I was out for food, I also had a few non alcoholic beers over the next few weekends when socialising with family. Prior to getting the letter I wouldn't say I was a regular drinker but would enjoy a few pints every weekend.

On the day of my medical the one question that really put the fear into me was the 'how often do you drink 6 units or more units in one sitting?'. My initial response was never, however as I had earlier said to the doctor I would have 2/3 pints the doctor said well 3 pints is 6 units. I then responded by saying that I felt the question was loaded and that as it didn't gauge what the maximum unit count was. I felt that by admitting to this I was being unfairly penalised as a binge drinker even though the NHS recommend a maximum of 8 units for a man. The doctor replied saying it wasn't his job to query the questions but to report what my answers were. Initially the doctor suggested 50 x in a year, then 25, I was flabbergasted at this and then eventually agreed on 10 times. I felt immediately deflated, actually felt like I was being tarred as an alcoholic. I left the medical downbeat, assuming I would be classed as an alcohol abuser and be told I wouldn't get my license back. I looked through the forum for solace and comfort but didn't see any other comments on this. As the weeks went by waiting for my medical results I resorted to calling the DVLA daily and getting nowhere, eventually I stumbled upon some people having success emailing Tim Burton. So I thought I would try it, I sent email last night outling how long my delays had been and that my results and medical report had been with the DVLA now between 14 and 21 days. I'm pleased to say that this morning I got the call I had been hoping for from the DVLA, that my license was now reinstated.

My day then got even better as I had put a deposit down on a new car in advance of getting my license back and got confirmation that it has arrived in the UK today too. So hopefully I'll be back driving by this weekend and will finally be able to repay my partner and parents for all the support they have given me over the last 29 months.

I have recently seen a few other comments over this question in particular and found information on this difficult to coem by, hence why I felt I needed to share my experience.
 

topchippyles

Well-known member
Anybody had a medical in wales since all this lock down,Been keeping an eye out but not seen anyone who has and if so how long did it take from the date the d1 form was sent in.
 

Deleted member 12231

All,

I haven't posted on this site before but I have searched through it frequently over the past 6 months whilst I have been banned (especially in the early hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep). I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for sharing there experiences and whilst I haven't been active on the site, I thought I would return the favour to others and share my experience.

It's a life changing event for anyone, lucky my misdemeanour didn't result in anyone being hurt but had I known how much losing my driving license would cost me and not just the financial penalties (selling car, increase insurance premium, solicitor costs, medical costs, application costs, fine etc), but the real things that matter commuting to work, being able to take my family places, nursery runs, having to explain to people why I couldn't drive. I would certainly have thought twice before I made that mistake nearly 3 years ago. I won't go into the details behind my story as I don't think that matters, what I will share is my journey to getting my license back. Originally I was banned for 29 months and fined £800. The judge offered the opportunity to reduce my ban by 4 months following completion of the DDR course. Although the reduction was small, my advise to anyone that gets the opportunity to attend this course, please do. After trying to ignore the fact I had to do the course I applied and completed it. I found it informative and eye opening, infact this was where I first heard about the medical requirement for HROs, up to this point I assumed that on completion of my ban I would get my license back.

Initially I was pleased that my ban had been reduced and started to think about having my license back. As advised on the course, I reapplied for my license in Feb 20(3 months before my ban was up). Then Covid-19 hit and my application was held up, I received a letter in April informing me that no DVLA medicals were being undertaken for the next 12 weeks. Post this I didn't hear anything, so once the 12 weeks had passed I called the DVLA and was informed that no doctors in my area were doing DVLA medicals. I then called back a week later to check and the advisor informed me the closest doctor was over 100 miles away. I took that opportunity, a week later my letter arrived, I called the medical practice and took the first available appointment which was 25 days from the day I called. I then abstained from drink apart from one beer when I was out for food, I also had a few non alcoholic beers over the next few weekends when socialising with family. Prior to getting the letter I wouldn't say I was a regular drinker but would enjoy a few pints every weekend.

On the day of my medical the one question that really put the fear into me was the 'how often do you drink 6 units or more units in one sitting?'. My initial response was never, however as I had earlier said to the doctor I would have 2/3 pints the doctor said well 3 pints is 6 units. I then responded by saying that I felt the question was loaded and that as it didn't gauge what the maximum unit count was. I felt that by admitting to this I was being unfairly penalised as a binge drinker even though the NHS recommend a maximum of 8 units for a man. The doctor replied saying it wasn't his job to query the questions but to report what my answers were. Initially the doctor suggested 50 x in a year, then 25, I was flabbergasted at this and then eventually agreed on 10 times. I felt immediately deflated, actually felt like I was being tarred as an alcoholic. I left the medical downbeat, assuming I would be classed as an alcohol abuser and be told I wouldn't get my license back. I looked through the forum for solace and comfort but didn't see any other comments on this. As the weeks went by waiting for my medical results I resorted to calling the DVLA daily and getting nowhere, eventually I stumbled upon some people having success emailing Tim Burton. So I thought I would try it, I sent email last night outling how long my delays had been and that my results and medical report had been with the DVLA now between 14 and 21 days. I'm pleased to say that this morning I got the call I had been hoping for from the DVLA, that my license was now reinstated.

My day then got even better as I had put a deposit down on a new car in advance of getting my license back and got confirmation that it has arrived in the UK today too. So hopefully I'll be back driving by this weekend and will finally be able to repay my partner and parents for all the support they have given me over the last 29 months.

I have recently seen a few other comments over this question in particular and found information on this difficult to coem by, hence why I felt I needed to share my experience.
Thanks for sharing mate, I’m also a bit concerned over the how much you drink question I’ve heard some people who put even once get their license revoked and have to abstain for 12 months however I think that might be due to drinking misuse of dependancy found in their history.
 

Deleted member 12231

All,

I haven't posted on this site before but I have searched through it frequently over the past 6 months whilst I have been banned (especially in the early hours of the morning when I couldn't sleep). I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for sharing there experiences and whilst I haven't been active on the site, I thought I would return the favour to others and share my experience.

It's a life changing event for anyone, lucky my misdemeanour didn't result in anyone being hurt but had I known how much losing my driving license would cost me and not just the financial penalties (selling car, increase insurance premium, solicitor costs, medical costs, application costs, fine etc), but the real things that matter commuting to work, being able to take my family places, nursery runs, having to explain to people why I couldn't drive. I would certainly have thought twice before I made that mistake nearly 3 years ago. I won't go into the details behind my story as I don't think that matters, what I will share is my journey to getting my license back. Originally I was banned for 29 months and fined £800. The judge offered the opportunity to reduce my ban by 4 months following completion of the DDR course. Although the reduction was small, my advise to anyone that gets the opportunity to attend this course, please do. After trying to ignore the fact I had to do the course I applied and completed it. I found it informative and eye opening, infact this was where I first heard about the medical requirement for HROs, up to this point I assumed that on completion of my ban I would get my license back.

Initially I was pleased that my ban had been reduced and started to think about having my license back. As advised on the course, I reapplied for my license in Feb 20(3 months before my ban was up). Then Covid-19 hit and my application was held up, I received a letter in April informing me that no DVLA medicals were being undertaken for the next 12 weeks. Post this I didn't hear anything, so once the 12 weeks had passed I called the DVLA and was informed that no doctors in my area were doing DVLA medicals. I then called back a week later to check and the advisor informed me the closest doctor was over 100 miles away. I took that opportunity, a week later my letter arrived, I called the medical practice and took the first available appointment which was 25 days from the day I called. I then abstained from drink apart from one beer when I was out for food, I also had a few non alcoholic beers over the next few weekends when socialising with family. Prior to getting the letter I wouldn't say I was a regular drinker but would enjoy a few pints every weekend.

On the day of my medical the one question that really put the fear into me was the 'how often do you drink 6 units or more units in one sitting?'. My initial response was never, however as I had earlier said to the doctor I would have 2/3 pints the doctor said well 3 pints is 6 units. I then responded by saying that I felt the question was loaded and that as it didn't gauge what the maximum unit count was. I felt that by admitting to this I was being unfairly penalised as a binge drinker even though the NHS recommend a maximum of 8 units for a man. The doctor replied saying it wasn't his job to query the questions but to report what my answers were. Initially the doctor suggested 50 x in a year, then 25, I was flabbergasted at this and then eventually agreed on 10 times. I felt immediately deflated, actually felt like I was being tarred as an alcoholic. I left the medical downbeat, assuming I would be classed as an alcohol abuser and be told I wouldn't get my license back. I looked through the forum for solace and comfort but didn't see any other comments on this. As the weeks went by waiting for my medical results I resorted to calling the DVLA daily and getting nowhere, eventually I stumbled upon some people having success emailing Tim Burton. So I thought I would try it, I sent email last night outling how long my delays had been and that my results and medical report had been with the DVLA now between 14 and 21 days. I'm pleased to say that this morning I got the call I had been hoping for from the DVLA, that my license was now reinstated.

My day then got even better as I had put a deposit down on a new car in advance of getting my license back and got confirmation that it has arrived in the UK today too. So hopefully I'll be back driving by this weekend and will finally be able to repay my partner and parents for all the support they have given me over the last 29 months.

I have recently seen a few other comments over this question in particular and found information on this difficult to coem by, hence why I felt I needed to share my experience.
Did you have to provide your GP details, I don’t have a specific GP at my surgery I won’t
Be able To provide a certain one 😂
 

RAH11

Member
I just said I don’t really drink much anymore since all this happened, couple of pints that’s it. As long as you stay off the booze for a good few weeks before and your cdt is low they have no reason to think that you drink more than that. That’s my experience from it anyway
 

Covidiot

New member
Thanks for sharing mate, I’m also a bit concerned over the how much you drink question I’ve heard some people who put even once get their license revoked and have to abstain for 12 months however I think that might be due to drinking misuse of dependancy found in their history.

I was the same, I don’t think the DVLA got in touch with my doctor but I did ask him The day after the medical if they had anything on record, which they didn’t. I don’t frequently go to the doctors so essentially it was just the last GP I had visited tht I put down on the form
 

Deleted member 12231

I just said I don’t really drink much anymore since all this happened, couple of pints that’s it. As long as you stay off the booze for a good few weeks before and your cdt is low they have no reason to think that you drink more than that. That’s my experience from it anyway

I’m not drinking for 16 days up to my test and sometimes I’ve binged on weekends but fair from daily mostly a week at a time so I’m sure I’ll be fine fingers crossed.

I can’t imagine the relief when they say your license is on the way I want that so bad.
 

Calm

Well-known member
Had my phone consultation with GP
He has my last documented drink as February which I had written on form. He asked for a copy of CDT results in which I gave he then proceeded to say he might need more blood tests! I am hoping this all ends soon, its been a long stressful process.
 

Deleted member 12231

Had my phone consultation with GP
He has my last documented drink as February which I had written on form. He asked for a copy of CDT results in which I gave he then proceeded to say he might need more blood tests! I am hoping this all ends soon, its been a long stressful process.
Why did your GP get them I thought they just go to the DVLA
 

GGS

Member
Update on my progress. I just came off the phone to the DVLA, the lady asked why I hadn’t provided gp details and I explained I wasn’t asked for them at my medical. She then told me to hold the line, came back and confirmed my bloods and everything is satisfactory and she will be issuing my license today so I can drive as soon as my ban is up on Sunday!! 🥳
hi there can i ask what you put down on medical questionnaire for your last drink and how many units you had ? Thanks
 

firemansam007

Well-known member
Hi - how long did it take for Medichecks to perform the analysis? I had my Medicheck test yesterday and wondering approx when it will be available.
Hi TPR,

It should be available on the medichecks portal by this Friday or Monday.

Ts
 
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Calm

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Hi - how long did it take for Medichecks to perform the analysis? I had my Medicheck test yesterday and wondering approx when it will be available.
Hi - how long did it take for Medichecks to perform the analysis? I had my Medicheck test yesterday and wondering approx when it will be available.
It was through an approved dvla doctor
 
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GGS

Member
I had my medical on Friday, was in there less than 5 minutes. Asked me one question and done a blood test that was it. Didn’t ask for my gp details, no physical examination, didn’t even take my blood pressure.
Thanks for sharing mate, I’m also a bit concerned over the how much you drink question I’ve heard some people who put even once get their license revoked and have to abstain for 12 months however I think that might be due to drinking misuse of dependancy found in their history.
I am the same i said on questionnaire i last drank 8 units 3 weeks ago and had drank over 8 units twice in last 12 months. hope they do not class this as misuse
 
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