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August 2, 2010

UK Hospital Will Put Robots to Work on Wards

A fleet of robots will be responsible for day-to-day tasks on the wards of the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Stirlingshire, UK. The £300m hospital, expected to open by the end of August, are putting the robots through their final trials, according to yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.

By cms admin

A fleet of robots will be responsible for day-to-day tasks on the wards of the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Stirlingshire, UK.

The £300m hospital, expected to open by the end of August, are putting the robots through their final trials, according to yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.

The robots will move around the hospital along pre-programmed routes and perform routine tasks to reduce infection risks and to free up support staff.

These include removing trolleys and clutter from patient areas, carrying clinical waste, delivering food, cleaning the operating theatres and dispensing drugs.

The robots will be monitored using the Agility computerised facilities management helpdesk system, which generates performance management statistics and sending out warning alerts.

The Agility software will be used to automatically allocate and dispatch porters, take food orders at patients’ bedsides and manage reception, estates maintenance, security and cleaning.

Hospital staff will be able to use a handheld computed to call the robot from a service lift to perform a task. Once complete, the robot returns to the lift.

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