Technically, the simple act of giving a patient one of his own cigarettes involved the use of four keys, as the staff nurse bunch was used to unlock the door to the room which contained the key cupboard, and then the key cupboard was opened to recover a further key which opened a cash tin back in the office where the valuable cigarettes were kept. This tin was of course carefully secured in a locked filing cabinet where a particular dainty skeleton type key (and safe cracker sensitivity) was used to wheedle the lock into life and finally reveal the prized fag packet – usually empty.

Needless to say, most of the nurses kept the residents’ cigarettes on the desktop, hidden behind the computer……


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