(RTE) Tallaght Hospital in Dublin says it is the first health care institution in the country to start using a telepresence robot to enable doctors to visit patients at their bedsides remotely.

The new system, which the hospital has named LUCY, consists of a tablet computer secured to an extendable pole which sits on top of a self-balancing electric wheel.

The doctor can remotely drive the device around the hospital floor from an app on their smart phone, and when it is alongside the bedside the physician can then converse with the patient about their condition.

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