International logistics and drone delivery company Swoop Aero is launching a new service in its home market with aerial transport of lab samples from the Moreton Bay islands off Australia’s east coast city Brisbane.
The company has expanded its medical delivery services across the African continent and now it will bring its services to Australia as well. its new domestic plans involve flying lab samples from Moreton Bay clinics to mainland testing labs operated by partner Mater Pathology. Air transport of those materials – which will include blood specimens and COVID-19 swabs – is expected to cut up to six hours of time required by ferry and road vehicles.
The faster delivery of samples can speed up the analysis of samples and make treatment quicker.
The innovation will oversee the transport of more than 80,000 lab specimens of island residents, including patients of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service. Also covered by the program will be the Gold Coast islands of Redlands and Hope.
Mater Pathology general director Deb Hornsby says the introduction of Swoop Aero drones in delivering samples from island labs creates an aerial bridge in the local transport system that can replace the relatively slow ferry leg at a time when recourse to all sorts of medical tests has surged.
Although the company has gained attention through its activities in the African continent, the Moreton Bay islands delivery project is far from its first in Australia. Indeed, the initiative will build on the experience the company has gained operating medical logistics services in Australia last year.