Drones to speed UK hospital transport of patient lab samples
A trio of hospitals in the UK’s northwest is set to begin receiving blood and other patient lab samples by drones using designated air corridors over Morecambe Bay, with the objective of cutting transport time of using frequently clogged roads surrounding the large estuary.
According to the Morecambe Bay RPAS Transit Route created to facilitate the project, use of drones to transport patient samples between hospitals in the area straddling the UK’s Lancashire and Cumbria counties is now set to begin in October. Those UAVs will operate at 250 feet in airspace dedicated to their flights, and are expected to cut over an hour off the time currently required to shuttle blood and other samples between heath centers for analysis. A fourth hospital is expected to be added sometime after an initial 90-day trial period.
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Launch of drones for transporting patient lab samples has been…