A sense of déjà vuBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7281.287 (Published 03 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:287
- Elizabeth Davies, specialist registrar in public health
- East Surrey Health Authority
The room was homely, nestled in the basement, and traversed by pipes encased in silver foil. With a sense of the inevitable I settled down. The clerks, now ignoring me, continued their cheery boasts of difficult finds and commiserations on last minute telephone requests. Record systems are not difficult to master—colour codes, consecutive numbers, paired or in reverse, always some quirk—but the real problem is those booked out eons ago which force a trail round distant departments. At least this time mine were waiting and marked for my attention. I was interested to see what I could …
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