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Old 22-07-2011, 22:42
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I'm waiting urgently on a repeat prescription from my doctors. I posted it with an SAE enclosed on Monday morning assuming it would be at the surgery on Tuesday morning and then I'd get my prescription either Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.

Today it didn't come and I'm starting to panic because I only have one days medication left, so I rang the surgery and they assured me that they had received it and sent it back to me on Wednesday. So obviously it should have arrived yesterday? That's unless the surgery posted it after the 5pm collection, which meant it was collected yesterday and I'd have received it today. But I'm still waiting

Why the hell is it taking so long? Is there some kind of problem with the Royal Mail?
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Old 22-07-2011, 22:43
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That's weird... it's usually next day here. Maybe there was a particularly high volume of mail or something, though, so with any luck it'll arrive tomorrow!
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Old 22-07-2011, 22:45
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I have posted letters on a Wednesday and they haven't arrived till Saturday, so hopefully you will be ok.
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Old 22-07-2011, 22:51
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Aren't these things done electronically now? If not they bloody well should be.
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Old 22-07-2011, 22:53
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That's weird... it's usually next day here. Maybe there was a particularly high volume of mail or something, though, so with any luck it'll arrive tomorrow!
I really hope so. To be fair the Royal Mail have never lost anything of mine before, but the dimwits they employ as relief staff do have a habit of posting our mail through our neighbours doors. Our neighbours would have posted it through our letter box if they'd had it though.
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Old 23-07-2011, 00:04
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Aren't these things done electronically now? If not they bloody well should be.
Most mail is sorted electronically. Some has to be sorted by hand for various reasons. Much that people like to slag off the RM, they are still one of the most efficient and quick postal services in the world.

I'm waiting urgently on a repeat prescription from my doctors. I posted it with an SAE enclosed on Monday morning assuming it would be at the surgery on Tuesday morning and then I'd get my prescription either Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.

Today it didn't come and I'm starting to panic because I only have one days medication left, so I rang the surgery and they assured me that they had received it and sent it back to me on Wednesday. So obviously it should have arrived yesterday? That's unless the surgery posted it after the 5pm collection, which meant it was collected yesterday and I'd have received it today. But I'm still waiting

Why the hell is it taking so long? Is there some kind of problem with the Royal Mail?
First class mail may take two days for delivery, but rarely more except at busy times e.g. Christmas.
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Old 23-07-2011, 00:18
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Most mail is sorted electronically. Some has to be sorted by hand for various reasons. Much that people like to slag off the RM, they are still one of the most efficient and quick postal services in the world.
No, I meant like this:

http://www.boots.com/en/Pharmacy-Hea...ptions-online/

My mum uses a service like this.
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Old 23-07-2011, 00:40
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No, I meant like this:

http://www.boots.com/en/Pharmacy-Hea...ptions-online/

My mum uses a service like this.
Ah sorry. No worries.
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Old 23-07-2011, 10:21
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I've had a letter that took from February 18th to sometime in May to get here. I had already cancelled it and got another one in that time.
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Old 23-07-2011, 12:54
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I posted a package to an address in the depths of the Breton countryside on Tuesday this week and it arrived on Thursday!
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Old 23-07-2011, 12:57
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With Royal Fail, I usually expect it to take 3 days. 2nd class is about 8 days now. Don't even get me started on 'standard parcels' - I think they bring out the horse and cart for those...

In my recent experiences anyway.
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Old 23-07-2011, 14:37
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If on a weekday, a couple of days if a weekend then maybe three days at the most.
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Old 23-07-2011, 16:24
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I actually can't remember the last time I posted a letter. All my paperwork I tend to do via e-mail. But as some posters have said, it should take about 24 hours.

I guess it depends on when the collection is made from the postbox.
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Old 23-07-2011, 16:59
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With Royal Fail, I usually expect it to take 3 days. 2nd class is about 8 days now.
How low your expectations are! I've twice received second class post in 3 days recently. First class is almost always the next day, but by 2 days tops.
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Old 23-07-2011, 20:15
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I've had a letter that took from February 18th to sometime in May to get here. I had already cancelled it and got another one in that time.
Unfortunately with the best intentions some mail does get severely delayed or even lost, not to mention undeliverable mail, i.e. has insufficient information to deliver. Also, unfortunately, a few posties have been caught intercepting mail, e.g. credit cards.

By and large however, IMO, they do a very good job.

With Royal Fail, I usually expect it to take 3 days. 2nd class is about 8 days now. Don't even get me started on 'standard parcels' - I think they bring out the horse and cart for those...

In my recent experiences anyway.
If you think that is bad, I've had surface mail take 4 weeks to be delivered from the states.
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Old 23-07-2011, 20:32
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I always allow 2 days for a birthday card to arrive. I wouldn't expect a card posted from up here to get down to the South coast the next day, even if I put it in the postbox before 10.00am.
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Old 27-07-2011, 01:54
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I sent stuff first class recently took just over a week to get there its a total joke these days.
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Old 27-07-2011, 01:59
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Well I was in Majorca and sent my parents a postcard and sent it off with a first class stamp on the 11th July, it bloody arrived yesterday and I have been back in the country for almost 2 weeks!! Stupid mail.
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Old 27-07-2011, 03:13
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My Aunt and Uncle both posted their birthday cards to me at the extact same time, using 1st class....
My Uncle's card got here on Friday, my Aunt's card got here on Monday!
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Old 27-07-2011, 03:48
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Some birthday cards arrived for my nephew late on Saturday afternoon, that were posted 5 days before and all with first class stamps on.

Someone who knows these things, said that Royal Mail don't treat (obvious) birthday cards as urgent - I suggested next time putting them in business type envelopes.
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Old 27-07-2011, 08:01
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Some birthday cards arrived for my nephew late on Saturday afternoon, that were posted 5 days before and all with first class stamps on.

Someone who knows these things, said that Royal Mail don't treat (obvious) birthday cards as urgent - I suggested next time putting them in business type envelopes.
Yes, they employ people to sort through all the mail and purposely delay anything that looks like a birthday card. More likely it doesn't have a postcode or a handwritten one that cannot be machine read and has to be sorted by hand.
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Old 27-07-2011, 17:46
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Yes, they employ people to sort through all the mail and purposely delay anything that looks like a birthday card. More likely it doesn't have a postcode or a handwritten one that cannot be machine read and has to be sorted by hand.
I wasn't suggesting that Royal Mail employ people to manually sort out birthday cards, maybe they have some device that sorts them via size or weight.

All the cards I mentioned were correctly and clearly addressed, post-coded and with first class stamps, some posted as near as from the next county - they still took five days to arrive.
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Old 27-07-2011, 19:00
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I have twice this year posted mail by recorded delivery which has never arrived, after complaints to the Post Office, they sent me a book of stamps as compensation.
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Old 27-07-2011, 19:09
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I wasn't suggesting that Royal Mail employ people to manually sort out birthday cards, maybe they have some device that sorts them via size or weight.

All the cards I mentioned were correctly and clearly addressed, post-coded and with first class stamps, some posted as near as from the next county - they still took five days to arrive.
Yes I realise I was being slightly facetious. It's quite possible that the handwritten postcode was not "machine readable" and had to be hand sorted. Still no excuse for them taking 5 days to be delivered.
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Old 27-07-2011, 19:20
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I nearly always get things the following day. It probably depends on the quality of staff available in each area.
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