UK healthcare units trial drones in medicine, patient sample flights
A new series of trials is set to begin in the UK today using drones to transport patient samples, medicines, and other materials between healthcare facilities – a specialized form of UAV deployment that’s swiftly multiplying around the globe.
The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which is part of the UK’s National Health Service, is kicking off the drone trials that were initially announced seven months ago, and which participating healthcare centers and trial operators have been organizing since. Also involved in the program is the UAV services unit of Skyports, and Apian, a startup focused on using aerial tech to improve medical transportation that’s funding the project.
The tests will fly drones carrying up to 3 kg of healthcare payloads up to 110 km/h over a designated corridor in Northumbria, on the northeast coast of England. Starting at six sorties per day before gradually increasing the rate to 15, the program will speed…