I have written about the sequence of queues in a blood donor session earlier. Yesterday my appointment was later in the session and the system had reached a steady state; so I could observe where the bottlenecks were in the system. I had to wait a long time for the initial medical assessment, but I think that this was because the person in charge was operating a sort of feedback so that he didn't have too many people waiting at the next queue -- or too few either. What surprised me was that there was a long delay once I was on the couch; but I realised that it was a combination of rare events which meant that the nurses were busy elsewhere.
I wonder whether anyone in the blood donor service in the U.K. -- or elsewhere -- monitors where there are bottlenecks in sequences of queues. Not the long delays between doctors and hospitals, but the process within one system?