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£1.5m surgical robot unveiled at Kent hospital

The very latest in robot technology has been officially launched today, at a hospital in Kent.

The Da Vinci Xi robot at the Medway Maritime Hospital allows complex medical procedures to be carried out with invasive surgery kept to a minimum.

It cost £1.5 million and is one of only eight machines of its kind in the UK.

So far there's only one surgeon at the Trust who can use it but others will soon be trained to treat more patients and create a regional centre for pelvic cancer.

Tony Green reports.

Tony spoke to Prof Matin Sheriff, consultant neurological surgeon and Barry Tulett, patient.

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Students strive to solve challenges

Children from schools across Kent have been competing in a robot-building contest at the University of Kent. Their task was to construct a robot and use a computer program to make it do a series of tasks, under the watchful eye of a judging panel.

David Johns went along to watch the action. He spoke to University lecturer Fred Barnes and judge Gaby Roch.