Robot's clean sweep

The cleaning team at Stoke Mandeville Hospital has a new robot recruit, named Chloe by children’s ward patients.

Chloe the robot will be helping the Sodexo team which keeps the hospital clean and safe by ensuring floors of communal areas, corridors, entrances and children’s wards are kept spotless.

Ali Williams, Commercial Director at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: ‘Not only will she free up Sodexo’s team to ensure the hospital continues to be kept clean and sanitised, but Chloe will also bring some fun and distraction for our young patients, their families and all those working at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.’

The robot will be performing labour-intensive and repetitive tasks, freeing up time for human team members to focus on more complex jobs such as touch point areas, crucial to preventing the spread of infections such as Covid-19.

Chloe has been designed with patients in mind.  It provides floor cleaning which dries quicker than other methods and can also interact with people – telling jokes, singing nursery rhymes and rapping.

With expressive eyes and the ability to ‘speak’, Chloe is designed to mimic a friendly and approachable personality. It is always teamed with a human colleague and has a range of sensors, which include the ability to detect and avoid any potential collisions in its path.

Pictured, left to right, Harris, Chloe the robot and Zayan