The ‘Helper Bot’ is expected to help speed up processes and relieve pressure on staff in the English hospital.
The first-of-its-kind trial began with the Helper Bot navigating itself from A to B within Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) in late November. Next year, the trial will continue with the robot delivering medicines on specific routes to assist the hospital staff.
The robot was created in cooperation with the Academy of Robotics, a London-based artificial intelligence company.
The company is known for being one of the first organizations to deploy self-driving vehicles on UK roads using its distinctive electric autonomous vehicle, Kar-go. This technology was used to carry out deliveries of medicines to people’s homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Milton would be used to collect medication from the in-patient pharmacy and deliver these across the site on some of the longest routes in the hospital, where it will be unloaded by ward staff.
“This trial is an opportunity to test the safety and efficacy of this technology and we will continue to work closely with all teams involved to understand how it can be most effectively utilized in the future,” said Prof. Joe Harrison, Chief Executive at MKUH.