Drones Set to Deliver Cancer Patient Medicines

The National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K. is set to pilot the first chemotherapy treatment delivery service via drone, in a project launched in collaboration with technology company Apian. Trial deliveries are expected to take place this month, flying life-saving medication from Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust to St. Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight. Chemotherapy medication has a short shelf life and is challenging to transport over long distances, with the same journey to the Isle of Wight typically requiring two cars, a hovercraft and a ferry of more than four hours. Drones can slash this transport time to 30 minutes. If successful, the Isle of Wight pilot delivery would be followed by a trial in Northumbria. “This project marks a very important first step in the construction of a network of drone corridors connecting hospitals, pathology labs, GP surgeries, care homes and pharmacies up and down the country,” said Alexander Trewby, Apian CEO. 

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