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Applying for medical priority

Who Can Apply for Medical Priority?

You can apply for medical priority if you think your home affects your medical condition.

However, medical priority applies mainly to medical conditions that affect your mobility. For example, you may find it difficult to climb the stairs in your current home.

In some cases we may be able to adapt your home to make it more suitable to your needs. Please ask about this at your Area Housing Office.

How is the medical priority awarded?

Your application will be assessed as either:

Priority Medical (Urgent Rehousing)

You will be awarded priority medical where a move to more suitable accommodation is essential for you or a member of your household.

Applicants under this category will be made one suitable offer of housing. An applicant who refuses an offer of a property will lose his/her PMED status and will revert to general medical status.

An applicant who is awarded a PMED status may choose any number of letting districts but will be held for all neighbourhoods, house and heating types in their chosen districts, unless there is a valid reason for not doing so.

General Medical (5 Points)

You will be awarded general medical where a move to more suitable accommodation would benefit you or a member of your household in relieving a medical condition.

Not Suitable for Medical Points (0 Points)

You will not be awarded a medical priority where a move to another house would not help you or a member of your household to relieve a medical condition.
However in some cases we may still hold you on our ground level priority list.

How do I apply for medical priority?

Application forms for medical priority are available from all Area Housing Office.

If you have any problems in completing the form, please contact staff at your Area Housing Office who will be able to help you.

This is a form for you to fill in, not your GP or hospital doctor. Please provide as much information as possible as this will help us to make our assessment.

What happens next?

We will assess your application. You may be asked to provide more information to help us make our assessment and we will contact you where this is needed.

Once we have received all the information we will decide whether or not your case has a medical priority. Some cases may be referred to the Community Medical Officer for further advice.

You should expect a decision within two weeks from the date we receive all relevant information. In some cases we may take longer but we will make you aware of this.

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Last updated: 25 February 2016

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