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I had a SAH just over a year ago followed by a VP shunt; I'm still on phenytoin at the moment although aiming to come off in a couple of months (all being well), but because of post surgery seizures had to give up my driving licence - can anyone please tell me how long I should leave it before reapplying to the DVLA, are they helpful or not, do they test for short term memory problems (which I have) or are they simply interested in driving ability ? thanks

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Hi Ann e, I had my SAH last August I didn't have a shunt put in though I got my licences back last week including my HGV if you give DVLA a call and get the medical section I found them to be quite helpful. Good luck

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I sent the DVLA my licence in June after my clipping, I then waited for them to tell me when I could drive based on the info I had given them on the form (can't remember which one it was) so I didn't reapply as such. It took them until the Oct to finally give me the all clear but as my anni hadn't ruptured they did say i could still drive until they decided otherwise. Because of the insurance issue I didn't until the all clear was given.

I would give them a call & explain the situation & see what they say, not sure anyone on here has had exactly the same problem but no doubt someone will be able to help more than I can xxx

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Hi Ann, I also got my licence back last week (maybe DVLA were having a Scottish people week last week?!)

Mine was revoked for suspected 'post stroke epilepsy'. As broron says, the medical section of DVLA are very helpful, I found them much more helpful than the regular DVLA department. This is the phone number I was given for them: 0300 790 6806. It might be worth giving them a call to ask about how/when to re-apply for your licence.

Good luck,

Michelle x

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its normal for someone who has suffered epilepsy to have their license revoked for a year after the last episode if you do not suffer fits within a year you can ask for the license to be renewed you will need your dr to confirm that you havent had a fit within that year hope this helps

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Sorry no advice, but I am still waiting 14 months following my SAH for my license back:-( I have never suffered seizures either:-( It seems my neuro consultant isn't being very forthcoming with information though:-(

Dont get me started with the DVLA! My wife suffered her mini stroke in April 2011, license returned May 2011, 2 lots of eye tests in 12 months, she failed with 4/5 clusters in upper left quadrant - the dvla are useless - 6 weeks to respond to a letter, never meeting deadlines, they are a rule to themselves. My wife still hasnt had her license back even though her eyesight is stable. She is more than capable of driving and I think were going to book an appointment with Swansea soon otherwise I'll be instructing a lawyer to deal with this. Maybe Scotland is different but believe me dont get your hopes up if you are dealing with Swansea....

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We are going to ask for DVLA to test me themselves as waiting for my consultant to respond to them is like watching paint dry. It's been 6 weeks and he still hasn't responded to them:-(

As my dad is terminally ill I need to be driving to get up to the hospital to visit him, it is so frustrating:-(

Good luck getting your license back.

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Hi Mark - thought this might help you & your wife out re DVLA. Scotland is no different - we have to deal with the same (insert appropriate swear word) people at DVLA Swansea unfortunately. However, they were also messing me around - missing time scales, not responding to complaints & basically taking an unacceptable amount of time to do ANYTHING. So I contacted my MP - they have a parliamentary contact at DVLA - and my licence was returned 4 days later!!

Might be worth a try if you have been given the run around too?

Good luck!

Michelle

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Hi Mark - thought this might help you & your wife out re DVLA. Scotland is no different - we have to deal with the same (insert appropriate swear word) people at DVLA Swansea unfortunately. However, they were also messing me around - missing time scales, not responding to complaints & basically taking an unacceptable amount of time to do ANYTHING. So I contacted my MP - they have a parliamentary contact at DVLA - and my licence was returned 4 days later!!

Might be worth a try if you have been given the run around too?

Good luck!

Michelle

Thanks Goldfish - that's what I'll do - appreciate your response.

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