Robot Wards: Fleet Of Metal ‘Docs’ Join NHS

An NHS hospital is to receive more staff to help with daily tasks – in the form of a fleet of robots.

The robots will be able to remove clinical waste and dirty linen, as well as bring food and drugs to patients.
The new Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Stirlingshire, is currently testing the system before it opens in August.
The £300m hospital will be the first in the UK to use this new technology, which is already in place in the US, Japan and France.
“Staff are very pleased. It is exciting to be the first in the UK to do this,” NHS Forth Valley spokeswoman Elspeth Campbell said.
She added: “While it is new, we aren’t nervous because we know it’s a system that works well.”
Mrs Campbell also emphasised the fleet will give staff more time to spend with patients.
The robots will be split into those that do “clean” and “dirty” tasks, moving along an underground network of corridors, which is also separated to avoid the risk of cross-contamination.
They can be called by human staff via a hand-held personal digital assistant system and are fitted with laser beams and motion sensors.


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    Ammara said,

    hmm sounds a tad dangerous if its administering drugs? :\

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