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Reducing NHS waiting lists in times of COVID

Plus podcast – Maths on the Move

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men in the UK and second most for women. During the first lockdown from March 2020, elective cardiac procedures and many outpatient consultations were postponed and a substantial number of appointments have not yet been rescheduled. In addition, those who were suffering from heart conditions did not see their GP or come to hospital. The resulting backlog presents a huge challenge.

In this podcast we talk to cardiologist Ramesh Nadarajah and computer scientist Jessica Enright about a recent meeting between clinicians and mathematicians which aimed to tackle the problem. The three-day brainstorming session, part of a programme of activities by the Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange
in Mathematical Sciences (V-KEMS), produced potential solutions that could also help reduce waiting lists for other conditions — and demonstrated the astonishing power mathematics can have even when you least expect it.

The Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange in Mathematical Sciences ( is an initiative of the Isaac Newton Institute, the Newton Gateway to Mathematics, the Knowledge Transfer Network, and the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, various representatives from the mathematical sciences community.

This podcast is part of our collaboration with the Isaac Newton Institute (

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