Driving through the DVLA
This is my first posting since joining the pacemaker club and wondered if anyone can kindly help me.
I passed out when I was driving my car and crashed in April of 2019. I went through every Neuro test for that to be ruled out along with every cardio test. The last test was for them to fit me with a long term heart monitor in October.
Within 6 weeks of having the heart monitor fitted, I passed out again to which the heart monitor detected my heart paused for 19 seconds.
The hospital rushed me in to fit me with a 2 lead pacemaker in November. All went well and fast forward to now, I have just recently had my 6 week check and the heart technician is happy with the fitting and use of the pacemaker and has told me to get on with my life now including driving which they are under the impression I can now continue to do.
For the obvious reasons, I had to surrender my driving licence to the DVLA after my accident.
I have just spoken with the DVLA helpline and they have said that I need to wait a whole 12 months from my last fainting episode in November to be possibly given back my licence. To be honest they were not helpful in giving any further advice and were very blunt.
Also they would need my Doctor to write to them to say they are confident that the pacemaker will stop the blackouts but this does not guarantee they will give it back as it is their call.
I was under the impression that if the doctors have now found out that my fainting was due to my heart pausing and being fitted with a pacemaker has corrected this, that should allow me to drive?
Has anyone been through the difficultly of getting their driving licence back and gone through the same issues I have with passing out only for a pacemaker to now correct this.
by the way I am in the UK.
Thanks for any help