We have a 175 we applied online 27 / 10 / 07 and it was granted 6 and a half months later on 12 / 05 / 08. I was going to say on the earlier post but had to look it up. ;)
As for meds and PCs we pre loaded so they were never asked for. We had a CO appointed on 6 / 3 / 08 so that would be when you would be asked to do them.
Good luck hope the wait isn't too long.