Drones will deliver chemotherapy in the UK

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The UK’s National Health Services (NHS) is testing the delivery of chemo by drones.

Since chemo has a short shelf life, the transportation of chemo has been a challenge until now. As part of the trials, the NHS will first test the delivery of chemo on the Island of Wight. The chemo will be flown from the pharmacy at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust to St Mary’s Hospital.

The drone delivery of chemo could be revolutionising as it would cut down transportation time from 4 hours to 30 minutes. Hence, cancer patients could receive an earlier intervention which could contribute to their faster recovery.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid added: “I want England to become a world leader in cancer care and using the latest technology to deliver chemo by drone means patients will have quicker, fairer access to treatment no matter where they live.”

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