Date of release: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Waiting times in A&E departments could be cut thanks to an app developed with the help of the University of Greenwich.

WaitLess shows users the live waiting times from each of the minor injuries units and A&E departments in east Kent. The app uses a person's current location to calculate the travel time to each facility. It combines the two and lists where treatment will be fastest.

Tayyib Oladoja, who developed the app, has just completed a Master's in Enterprise Systems & Database Administration. He has been working with Transforming Systems (TS), a Greenwich-based company that specialises in data analysis and problem solving in the health sector.

WaitLess is the first such app in England and has been developed with Transforming Systems (TS), a company that specialises in building systems and analysing data in the health sector.

Along with his studies, Tayyib worked with an enterprise centre at the university, Greenwich Bright, in its software development team. As part of an ongoing partnership between Greenwich and TS, Tayyib joined the company's development team to lead the development of the mobile app.

He says: "When I was told of the opportunity to develop a mobile app working with a company, I jumped at the chance. I have now joined TS full time and am currently leading on a number of mobile apps development projects."

WaitLess is free to download from the Apple and Android app stores. It was commissioned by health providers in East Kent, who estimate that 70 per cent of patients take themselves to A&E. For those that attend A&E, 50% of patients attend with minor conditions which could be speedily treated elsewhere.

Dr John Ribchester, Executive and senior GP partner at Whitstable Medical Centre, was instrumental in bringing the app to market. He says: "This app will help keep A&E departments running smoothly for our most unwell and severely injured patients by saving unnecessary waiting and inconvenience."

Greenwich Bright is the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities enterprise centre. It has developed a number of partnerships with commercial organisations to create opportunities for Greenwich students to gain employment in an area related to their studies.

Over the past two years TS has taken on a number of Greenwich Bright students to work in different roles within their development team. The partnership has led to the development of this Knowledge Transfer Partnership, as well as a number of Greenwich Bright graduates being taken on full time by TS.

WaitLess has been developed by Transforming Systems Ltd in partnership with Encompass Multi Specialty Community Provider (MCP) and co-funded by the Encompass MCP and East Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups.

For more information about working with Greenwich Bright, please contact bright@greenwich.ac.uk

For more on the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humantites: http://www.gre.ac.uk/ach

Picture: Tayyib Oladoja

Story by Public Relations.