A New Room: The AutoGP Office
When programming OpenTH, we occasionally see the potential for new types of room.
The OpenTH staff-in-room system is more complicated than in Theme Hospital. Rooms request which types of doctors they want, what skills they should have and how many. This is done by an external script. One thing we allow is the choice to be made based on the type of disease they have. So for instance some operations might require one doctor whilst others might require two or three. Some might also need a nurse present, others might not.
Besides this, we realised that a room need not require any staff at all. This gave us the idea for an ‘Auto-GP’ office. This is essentially a GP office which requires no doctors. A computer does all the work instead.
This can be an advanced room that could be beneficial for bigger hospitals, but at a hefty price. The reason we can have alternative GP Offices is that in OpenTH, GP Offices are not special in themselves. They are only special in that they have the generic “gp” property. Any room can have the “gp” property and it will automatically act like a GP Office. This means that different types of GP Offices (like usual and AutoGP, and perhaps, for instance, one where a junior doctor can watch and learn?) can be made. The same applies for staff rooms and so forth, although there seems to be less scope there.
You might be interested to hear that in fact these “AutoGP” computers do exist in specialist fields, like blood based diseases. In fact, they are more accurate at diagnosing these diseases than human doctors. Whether this will be reflected in the game is to be seen.