I need to vent .... I have just overheard someone complaining they had to wait for 30 minutes at the end of the day at the doctors surgery. Whilst this is not great, I wish people would stop and consider why the appointments are running late. It's very unlikely to be because the doctor decided to have a long lunch-break; it's probably because one or more of the previous patients had something seriously wrong with them which took longer than the designated standard 10 minutes per appointment. And as a result, it is not just the future patients who need to wait longer, it is the staff at the surgery: the doctor, the receptionists, the nurses, ... who have to work later and will be delayed getting back to their families. Some people need to stop and think beyond just themselves and realise why things are not running perfectly, spare a thought for the others affected and be grateful they have a doctor's surgery to visit. Sure, it would be lovely if the surgery could have contacted future patients in advance and told them they were running late but, not only is this far less important than dealing with whatever emergency caused the delay but how realistic is it? The doctors will want to try to catch up the time (I wonder if they took their designated break times) and when did the delay happen? And what if the next patients failed to turn up? The doctor's would have to wait for you. And, if you don't like waiting, perhaps you could consider getting an appointment earlier in the day when there has been less time for emergencies. Not convenient for you? Shame - the world does not revolved around one person! Sorry for the rant. I appreciate the opportunity.