The robot doctor freeing up hospital beds

A hospital trial is using robots and virtual consultations to provide in-home care for patients.

Virtual consultations with a robot are being trialled at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. The aim is to get patients home from hospital earlier.

The robot is a tablet computer on wheels, plugged in and set up by hospital staff during a home visit, then operated by a doctor remotely from the hospital.

Julia is one of the patients in the trial.