Robot “waste collectors” to patrol the wards of the new futuristic hospital

Robot “waste collectors” to patrol the wards of the new futuristic hospital

Robot “waste collectors” to patrol the wards of the new futuristic hospital

NHS Lanarkshire is replacing Monklands Hospital in a new location on the outskirts of Airdrie

NHS Lanarkshire is replacing Monklands Hospital in a new location on the outskirts of Airdrie

Waste-picking robots could be used to keep wards clean at a new £ 500 million hospital in Lanarkshire.

NHS Lanarkshire is evaluating the use of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to collect waste and deliver supplies to wards and departments at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie.

The public procurement documents state that the technology “will ensure that we” undertake the movement of containers / goods without the need for human intervention “.

The health council has approved plans to replace the existing 40-year-old building with Scotland’s first net zero “digital hospital” in Wester Moffat on the outskirts of Airdrie.

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Unison, which represents NHS cleaners and porters, said the union has historically had no problem using robotics “for roles like this” and said it was unaware of any branch concerns.

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The health council said no decision has been made, but expects a “higher workload” in the new hospital.

The robotic technology is already in use at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where automated guided vehicles act as carriers for robots to transport medical supplies, linen, food and waste around the site.

Once programmed by a member of the transportation team, the robots, designed by Swisslog of Switzerland, transport their loads along the kilometers of corridors under the two hospitals, using their own intelligent elevators to reach the necessary floor.

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Hospital managers say the technology frees porters’ time to do other activities, such as moving patients.

AGVs have sensors that prevent them from bumping into walls, objects, people or each other, while there is a left lane system in the corridors.

Graeme Reid, Monklands Replacement Project Director, said: “As part of the development of the new state-of-the-art Monklands hospital, NHS Lanarkshire is seeking information on automated solutions that can support clinical and operational colleagues, including areas how to minimize the risks of manual handling.

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“These are already used in existing Scottish hospitals, including Forth Valley Royal Hospital and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

“Although no decision has been made on their use at this time, NHS Lanarkshire expects an increase in the workload at the new hospital.”

Robots are also increasingly being used to assist with surgery in the NHS.

The Scottish government has invested £ 20 million in 10 surgical robots which it believes will result in less invasive procedures and increase the hospital’s capacity.

Robotic assisted surgery systems will be used primarily for cancer treatment, including urological, colorectal and gynecological operations.

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They use mechanical arms attached to cameras and surgical instruments, operated by a surgeon from a console inside the theater. This new technology makes significantly smaller incisions than those required for traditional surgery.

The new hospital will provide 400-500 beds for patients and is expected to open in 2028.

The plans were drawn up by Keppie Design as the architect for the Monklands replacement project. The contract value could rise to £ 800 million depending on the extent of the road access works.

An expanded ground floor would allow vital departments including emergency, radiology, clinics, cancer care and radiotherapy to be placed together.

Three more levels will be added to the building, housing specializations such as elderly care, dialysis and infectious diseases on the lowest floor; cardiology, respirator, renal, otolaryngology plus operating rooms on the first floor; and hematology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, urology and medicine at the highest level.

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