Tuesday, January 18, 2005

You've got mail

I naïvely thought that the operation of an internal mail envelope was quite simple. Both sides of the envelope are divided into boxes of equal size, each one capable of containing a name, department and location. Scribble out the last used box and fill in the next, so I thought. However, having worked here at the NHS for a few months, it appears that the process is considerably more complicated than I had originally suspected.

Sometimes it is, apparently, necessary to stick a label (which is bigger than the box) in a "transverse" style covering several boxes at once.

In certain, no doubt mysterious, circumstances, it can also be necessary to stick two pieces of sellotape in a criss-cross formation over the hole in the envelope.

Of course, then there are those special people who are allowed to seal the flap with sellotape or a stapler, even though the flap itself advises against it.

Evidently, I am too junior a member of staff to understand the intricacies of the system.

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