The NHS is launching a trial to deliver chemotherapy medication through drones in a trial with drone-starting Apian.
Initially, the drones will carry the medication from Portsmouth University Hospitals NHS Trust to St Mary’s Hospital of the Isle of Wight starting in the “coming weeks”.
“I want England to be a world leader in cancer care and by using the latest technology to deliver chemo by drone, patients will have faster and more equitable access to treatment no matter where they live,” he said. said Sajid Javid, health and social care secretary.
Apian drones will reduce delivery from four hours to 30 minutes, which may be useful for chemotherapy drugs that have a short shelf life. It will also remove the need for patients to travel for treatment.
A spokesman for the NHS said RATN that the drones can operate under the same weather conditions as helicopters.
Amanda Pritchard, chief executive of NHS, said: “The delivery of chemo by drone to cancer patients is another extraordinary development and shows how the NHS will stop doing nothing to ensure people get the treatment they need as quickly as possible – and also reducing costs and carbon emissions. . ”
Northumbria is next on the list for the trial, where technology to deliver pathology samples, blood bags, prescriptions and small medical kits will be explored.
Other stakeholders in the project include Solent Transport, University of Southampton, King’s College London, Skylift, Modini, the Ministry of Defense and UKRI.
“This project is a very important step in building a network of drone corridors that connect hospitals, pathology laboratories, GP surgeries, care homes and pharmacies nationwide,” said Alexander Trewby, CEO, Apian.
The NHS is not the only company going to heaven for deliveries. Last month the drone operator Skyports launched a trial to delivery of school meals to a Scottish primary school.
The Royal Mail has also launched plans 50 way drone jobs in the next three years.
NHS to deliver chemotherapy drugs with drone in Isle of Wight trial
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