Robotic trio ready to take part in dance challenge

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YOU could say this trio of robots are head and shoulders above the rest.

Or it could be more accurate to say head and neck, as these three women work as secretaries in that department of Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.

DOING THE ROBOT From left, Jenny Felton, Carol Griffiths, with Dr Dae Kim, and Pat Gruchy. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133095-0413)

DOING THE ROBOT From left, Jenny Felton, Carol Griffiths, with Dr Dae Kim, and Pat Gruchy. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133095-0413)

They have signed up to take part in a world record-breaking attempt to get the most number of people doing the robodance in one go to raise money and awareness of the surgical Da Vinci robot.

The bid is all in aid of raising money and awareness of the £2.4m Da Vinci robot, which is in use at QA.

Manager Pat Grunchy said: ‘We want this hospital trust to be the best in the country, and this robot dance will help, as it’s good fun.

‘It took us about half a day to create our costumes and we’re happy with them.

‘Now we’re looking forward to the dance and can’t wait.’

The world record stands at 2,524 people and is held by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

The robodance record-breaking attempt takes place on Friday, November 22, from 3pm to 4.30pm, at HMS Temeraire in Burnaby Road, Portsmouth.

People need to pre-register and a nominal fee of £3 per person has been suggested as a registration cost.

Dancers will be broken up into groups of 50, where a marshall will coordinate and invigilate.

The attempt will officially start at 4.15pm, but people need to be present from 3.30pm in order to be signed off and take part in warm-ups.

As previously reported, the Da Vinci robot is a hi-tech remote-controlled device, which means surgeons can work more precisely and with more manoeuvrability than by using traditional surgery methods.

QA is the only hospital in the UK to use the robot for multiple procedures.

Earlier this year Clifford Coote, 73, of Emsworth, became the first patient to be operated on using the Da Vinci robot when he had a cancerous growth removed.