Waiting is one of healthcare’s core experiences.  It is there in the time it takes to access services; through the days, weeks, months or years needed for diagnoses; in the time that treatment takes; and in the elongated time-frames of recovery, relapse, remission and dying.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, our project opens up what it means to wait in and for healthcare by examining lived experiences, representations and histories of delayed and impeded time.

In an era in which time is lived at increasingly different and complex tempos, Waiting Times looks to understand both the difficulties and vital significance of waiting for practices of care.

Our work is divided across four themes.  Click on these for more information.







You can find out about all the work we are doing right here, including details of workshops, conferences, academic papers and publications and public engagement events.

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Time and the consultation in British general practice

In this long read, Martin Moore shares thoughts from his research into how British GPs have historically configured time in relation to “the consultation”.   * Towards the end of her pregnancy in the summer of last year, my partner suffered a severe bout of iron-deficiency anaemia. Her antenatal care had been rather disjointed through …

Time Being, film screening at MakeTank, Exeter, 24-26 September 2020

Time Being Deborah Robinson A collaboration with Ruairí Corr 24 September – 26 September 2020 A 14 minute film with sound Socially distanced hourly screenings Free admission Timed tickets only. Booking strongly advised Maketank, 3-5 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 2JB Join us at the spacious Maketank in Exeter City Centre for a socially-distanced screening of …


We’d love to hear your story of waiting.

It can be a written story, or a recording, or a video, or a picture.  Whatever you like.



Hit the big red ticket machine to upload your story, video, song, audio file, image or whatever you want to send.



Alternatively, you can email Michael (m.flexer@exeter.ac.uk) to share your story with us.

All stories will be anonymised and have identifying details removed.

Before sending us your story, please read our  Waiting Times Info Sheet  and download a Waiting Times Consent Form.