UK’s chemo drone delivery program is finally ready for take-off
Britain’s health service, NHS, says its cancer patients will be the first in the world to benefit from chemotherapy delivered by drone as part of a new trial.
The chemo drone delivery program, which has seen many delays since it was first announced in 2021, is finally gearing up to make its first flight in the coming weeks.
NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard explains that the first-of-its-kind trial will start on the Isle of Wight. Chemo will be flown directly from the pharmacy at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust to St Mary’s Hospital, where staff will collect it before distributing it to hospital teams and patients.
Using drones will cut down the usual delivery time from four hours to 30 minutes. This will be a remarkable achievement since some chemotherapy doses have a short shelf life, and hence, are difficult to transport. In addition, each drone delivery will replace at least two car journeys and one hovercraft or ferry journey per…