Pennine Care hires first robot receptionists

We're set to become the first NHS trust in the country to introduce two fully-automated robot receptionists.

Robot receptionistShirley-bot and Steve-bot are set to be unveiled at Birch Hill Hospital in Rochdale in October 2019.

Shirley and Steve will use state of the art facial recognition technology, meaning patients can simply approach the desk to sign in for their appointments.

The design is similar to the robots which have been successfully used in Tokyo’s Henn na Hotel since 2015.

Joe King, Pennine Care’s robotics specialist, said: “We’re delighted that you’ve read this far into the article, but sadly this is an April fools' joke.”