Firstly I just want to say to all of you who took the time to reply to me yesterday, it was very much appreciated. Just knowing others share your frustration and understand how these things can knock you makes everything a little bit easier. So I phoned the appointments line the girl listened to my concerns and put me straight through to the consultant's secretary. She apologised unreservedly saying the consultant had to take emergency leave for personal reasons. She said it only happened once before in the 10 years she was there and they had tried everything rather than cancel appointments but as it is very specialist there really was nothing else they could do. She urged me to stay in close contact with my respiratory nurse and assured me that if a cancellation came up I would be the first to be offered it as I'm a new case. As one of you said health professionals are human too and they or their nearest and dearest get ill too, we can forget this sometimes. I feel better now knowing its for a legitimate reason and I've picked myself up and dusted myself down and will get on with things as best I can until my appointment. The support I received from you all was invaluable....thankyou.