NHS to use robots

UK-Japan News July 2018

SoftBank Group’s robot Pepper has been used in dementia care trials.

The NHS is to follow Japanese health services and begin using robots to assist patients who have dementia, The Telegraph reported on 1 July.

Then-Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the UK should follow Japan’s example in embracing technology to produce “world beating” outcomes, and helping people stay healthy for longer, the report said.

As well as robots, virtual health coaches will be used to encourage families to lead healthier lifestyles.