Robots to the rescue as various sectors battle manpower crunch

Automation helps staff keep up with service demands, allows better allocation of resources

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Cargo-carrying wheeled robots are important members of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) as the hospital battles an ongoing manpower crunch that has only become more acute in recent times.

Whirring around SingHealth Tower - which opened in January as part of a $4 billion, 20-year revamp of the SGH campus - the 13 robots now deliver meals, linen and medical supplies to 16 wards in the building.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2022, with the headline Robots to the rescue as various sectors battle manpower crunch. Subscribe