A PIONEERING robotic arm which it is hoped will improve joint replacement surgery was delivered to a private hospital in Darlington yesterday.

Mayor of Darlington Nick Wallis, and council leader Heather Scott, attended BMI Woodlands Hospital to find out more about the Stryker-Mako robotic arm.

It will offer an alternative to traditional methods of joint replacement surgery, allowing for better alignment and positioning of the implant during surgery, which results in a speedier recovery for patients and less post-operative pain.

Debbie Dobbs, BMI Woodlands Hospital Executive Director, said the technology would help patients 'get back on their feet a lot quicker'.