I should find appropriate English phrase/expression for very late(?) appointment.

Let's take a situation when someone should wait until the surgery operation for a one or too years just because there are a lot of similar patients "before" him in awaiting line.

What is the phrase for this situation?

"Long/late/??? appointment/line/?"

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    why do you (and so many others) assume that there's a single word for everything, however convoluted and specific? – jwenting Nov 13 '14 at 12:44
  • You can say "the appointment is distant". In the securities world, when a derivative has a particularly (time) distant expiration or maturity, we say it is "long dated" (or, for fixed income products, "out the curve"). – Dan Bron Nov 13 '14 at 13:05
  • @jwenting: people assume so because so often there is. Unfortunately, it's not true. There's a history here of reasonable annoyance with SWRs – Mitch Nov 13 '14 at 14:32
  • @Mitch yes, there's a lot of words. But it still irks me that people seem to think there should be a single word for everything and anything, and then not show any effort in actually finding it themselves. It's probably half the questions here... – jwenting Nov 13 '14 at 14:37

If I understand correctly what you're asking, you want to know what the term is for an appointment that is set for a long time in the future. As far as I know, there's no set way to say what you want to say. However, you could say that there is "a long waiting time" for the appointment, or perhaps you could call it a "delayed appointment".


Your appointment will be in one year's time. Meaning, one year from this date.

Your appointment will be next year.
Your appointment will be sometime in the next two years.
Your appointment won't be until sometime in the next three years.

These three are all saying the same thing, just change the time amount accordingly.

  • I am looking for adjective/expression/phrase for the situation, not just to say that the appointment is in one year. Something like "this appointment is LONG etc" – Ilan Nov 13 '14 at 10:24
  • The appointment is a long way off. meaning that the appointment for whatever isn't going to happen for quite some time. If that isn't what you want then I give up. :) – Joe Dark Nov 13 '14 at 10:42

In healthcare, the noun phrase that we use in this situation is "wait time," as in:

Patients are concerned about long wait times for elective surgery.

I am continually frustrated by the long wait times for appointments with my GP.

The hospital has invested a lot of resources into reducing wait times for patients.

I'm sorry, but we're currently dealing with long wait times for that procedure.

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