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Thread: The DVLA Medical test, CDT and an individual case study

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    shouldaknownbetter is offline Established Member
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    Default Re: The DVLA Medical test, CDT and an individual case study

    The fee for the medical is £98.50 and if the Dr. is VAT registered, 20% (£19.70) will be added.
    A urine test is not always required but when you book your appointment you can ask about this and they will tell you if one is required in your case or not. Height, weight, and blood pressure are not necessarily measured nor is an eye test always required, again the receptionist can advise you specifically when you book your appointment.
    Depending on the arrangements at the surgery (day/time of day that the medical takes place and locality) the blood samples are often taken/sent to the lab on the same day. The doctor I saw writes the reports for DVLA on same day too..it is possible, barring further inquiries, that your license may be issued 7 days later.


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    For clarification, the process that I have described is the complete version of the medical.

    You will always have your blood taken, but the rest are subject to each doctors process.

    There is no report as such from the doctor, just a signed declaration from the doctor that he/she believes you to be fit and well. This declaration is contained on the medical questionnaire which can be faxed/scanned emailed across to the DVLA, however they seem to require the original document. So this needs to be posted over to the DVLA. If the doctor is carrying out several medicals in one surgery over a calendar week then they will probably send multiples in one go on the Friday. So if your medical was on a Monday there is potentially a delay there.

    One thing I forgot to mention was that the doctor will ask you if you want to be updated by email or letter. Email will save time.

    What you need to ask during your medical is; when/how will the doctor be sending your signed questionnaire over to the DVLA's medical team.

    M

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    For clarification, I have only ever described my personal experience. My medical exam was on a Monday morning. I asked when my blood sample would be sent and was told it would be couriered on Monday afternoon, the same day. I was told, without prompting, that the paperwork would be completed and sent to DVLA that afternoon. By 'report' I mean the completed questionnaire and any further information that the doctor gleaned from our appointment, essentially a 'report' as to whether you appear to be fit, healthy and cognizant (primarily, not drunk). I was not asked whether I would like any kind of update, email or otherwise. There is a section on the DVLA form that asks if you would like your blood test results, or any anomalies shown by your blood test, forwarded to your GP. You can check yes or no to this. There is no part of the questionnaire that asks how you would like an update, whether by email or letter. If you want to check on the status of your application, post medical, you need to call DVLA medical group on the number supplied on your medical request letter.

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    Thank you for the information, I will report back my experiences.

    My appointment is not until the 26th April, 4 weeks from now, which is a little disappointing. I was hoping for something sooner.

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    Here is an update and some information that might be of benefit to some of you.

    I work in the Maritime Security sector, and a colleague and good friend has just been through his DVLA HRO medical; which in fact I did describe earlier in this feed, but without this individuals reference.

    His medical was on the 21/03 at 16:30 in London.

    The following took place:

    Questionnaire - regarding alcohol use over the last three years, and a signed declaration of any prescribed medication or counselling.
    Blood pressure
    Eye test
    Height and weight check along BMI calculation
    Basic examination around kidney area
    Urine sample stick test for drugs, glucose and blood.
    Blood test for CDT levels.

    His blood pressure was slightly high, but so was his pulse rate. So nerves were credited for this. He was advised to get this checked by a GP.
    He had a small amount of glucose showing in his urine and some blood. This was confirmed during the examination. He was told to get this checked by a GP and have further tests.

    He did book further tests for his glucose and blood, through our agency doctor. (we undergo many medicals in our profession so we have in house team people) He also booked a test with a NHS GP.

    His glucose came back negative, and his blood was okay. knocks and an athletic lifestyle can contribute towards this; so this is standard for us and anyone in our profession so he expected that to be okay. Still, its good that this doctor checked it over don't you think?

    So here is the time line:

    His medical was on the 21/03 at 16:30 - so he lost that day in terms of his blood sample being collected and his questionnaire being dispatched. The clock really started on the 22/03. There was the bank holiday on the Friday 25/03 and on the Monday 28/03.

    The DVLA received his blood results and questionnaire on Tuesday 29/03.
    His licence was dispatched on Thursday 31/03 at 10:30

    So that's six working days excluding the two bank holiday days and weekends.

    We figured his glucose reading could spark further enquiries. It didn't, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway. That ain't too shabby regarding timescales and process.

    He asked the doc why some people got a urine test and eye test, and why others didn't; the doc said he had a professional duty of care to sign a declaration and pass him medically fit to drive. The doc said that his duty of care should go beyond what the DVLA require as a minimum standard. Professionally this doctor wanted to check him out for his own piece of mind and for that of the patient involved. That's aces in my book. This doctor was a good guy. This explains why some do this and some don't.

    That basic urine test which takes 30 seconds to complete is a great pre screen for type 2 diabetes; of which one in three people are undiagnosed in the UK. Back in the States its even higher. If you have glucose in your pee, even a small amount, then you need to get some blood tests done to rule out being type 2.

    When you think about it; its almost criminal that some of these doctors aren't bothering with this simple basic test and potentially allowing people to walk out of a medical with a potentially serious condition that could be identified. Type 2 is a condition that if left untreated, will eventually cause you serious problems later down the line.

    I know White43 is clued on this last subject; but I just wanted to highlight it for the benefit of others.

    The medical cost £118 in VAT. It lasted 15 minutes.

    By the way he stayed off alcohol completely from Jan 04 to the day of the medical.

    I hope this helps.

    M

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    Medical is due Tuesday 26th April. You might be interested to know I had a third CDT Test this last month and scored a 0.7%.

    Aside.

    If one scores a complete GREEN on the CDT Test and answers 'NO' to all the questions on the medical questionnaire....should there be any reason for DVLA to follow up with a GP referral?

    Might there be reason to follow up with the GP if this is the second time I've been banned - the first was in 2003?

    Do DVLA randomly follow up medicals despite clean results and 'No' answered questionnaires??

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    Quote Originally Posted by white43 View Post
    Medical is due Tuesday 26th April. You might be interested to know I had a third CDT Test this last month and scored a 0.7%.

    Aside.

    If one scores a complete GREEN on the CDT Test and answers 'NO' to all the questions on the medical questionnaire....should there be any reason for DVLA to follow up with a GP referral?

    Might there be reason to follow up with the GP if this is the second time I've been banned - the first was in 2003?

    Do DVLA randomly follow up medicals despite clean results and 'No' answered questionnaires??

    Hey white, your CDT reading is consistently low, have you maintained abstinence/no hiccoughs?

    I don't think that DVLA contact your GP if your medical examination was all clear with no answers to all the questions and you score in the 'green zone'. I have read older posts where GPs have been contacted when bloods have come back ok but you don't know what the DVLA doctor has written in those instances. There may have been something that they've observed and noted that flagged up. More recent posts seem to indicate much less GP contact.
    Didn't you say that you were prescribed chlorodiazepoxide within the last three years though? Are you going to tell them?

    Price might be able to help with the question as to whether a second offense is likely to trigger GP enquiries..

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    Default Re: The DVLA Medical test, CDT and an individual case study

    Quote Originally Posted by shouldaknownbetter View Post

    Didn't you say that you were prescribed chlorodiazepoxide within the last three years though? Are you going to tell them?.

    *chlordiazepoxide* spelling error

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    I was prescribed yes, but I've always assumed that was for anxiety at the time??

    That was some 19 months ago now. I don't feel I need to give DVLA a rod to beat me with. I've served my ban, did my community service and did the alcohol awarenesss course. I'm doing the medical. I am not drinking.

    This guy was in the same boat : http://www.forum.drinkdriving.org/ge...sion/64936.htm

    He answered 'No' to everything and wound up getting his license back, no questions asked.

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    "I'm doing the medical. I am not drinking"

    Then why have you spent close to £300 in the last 12 weeks on 3 private CDT Tests to make sure you are under the required level?

    That is not inductive of someone who is not abstaining prior to a medical.

    M

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