The timeframes for care in general practice can be unpredictable, prolonged and intermittent particularly in relation to chronic, multiple or undiagnosable illness of the kind that now makes up most of the general practice workload. During periods of suspense, observance or endurance, what might be required more than anything else is a temporality of waiting, where time can be allowed to pass without necessarily moving people along or bringing forward a premature conclusion. The sustainability of the National Health Service might even be said to depend on the willingness of the general practice workforce to become almost ‘bedrock-like’ by allowing patients to go through stages of suffering without either turning away or collapsing into something else. But whilst the expectation on Practices to hold patients and to delay referring them onto specialist services is strong, the ambiance needed for waiting to take effect has had to make way for productionist rhythms. This presents obvious difficulties for situations needful of a temporality of waiting and provokes questions about how waiting in these settings is infact, being done everyday, and what forms it might be taking in the absence of any ‘official’ forms of representation.