Thanks for your reply and your guidance - Good news received today in the form of a call from the DVLA confirming my licence will be re-issued from midnight tonight. I don't mind admitting to a little whimper of joy ! Contact from my GP to the medical team clearly stating my ability to recognise a hypo has made all the difference, even if it does take the dvla up to 3 days to receive a fax and scan a copy onto a drivers record. The whole experience was made worse by the horror stories posted on many forums. Perhaps mine is a rare case however despite my angst against the dvla process and frightful letters received, they have come through in 5 days. I will certainly take on board the guidance given is this forum regarding my next application in 3 years. Thanks to all that have posted.