Robots to start work at hospital

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner announced on Sunday RNS would become the first hospital in Australia to use the robots - automated guided vehicles (AGVs) - to transport food, linen and other supplies around its new acute services building.

Every day the AGVs will deliver and collect about 3600 meal trays, hundreds of clean and dirty linen items and other waste from around the hospital.

"Not only will they assist staff to do their jobs more efficiently without the risk of painful injuries, they will reduce accidental cross-contamination of goods during transport," Ms Skinner said.

Royal North Shore's 13 AGVs, which cost $4 million in total, have arrived from Germany and will be operational later this month.