EMED Group, a large healthcare logistic provider to the UK National Health Service, and Skyports Drone Services have successfully completed a proof-of-concept project aimed at bringing additional innovation and sustainability benefits to medical courier services.
Launched in June 2023, the four-week trial was run with East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), an existing customer of EMED Group. The project successfully transported over 400 pathology samples between two ESNEFT sites, highlighting how regular and recurring drone operations can support traditional medical courier services to further improve services for patients and healthcare professionals.
Alex Brown, Director of Skyports Drone Services, commented: “We’re at a really important stage in the scaling of medical drone logistics. Projects such as this one with EMED are helping pave the way for permanent operations by demonstrating just how safe, beneficial and effective drone services are – and the ease with which they can be implemented. Each delivery we complete ensures that a patient receives the care they need that bit quicker. At scale, the impact is transformational.”
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