Skyfarer and Medical Logistics UK collaborate to deliver medical supplies

Skyfarer Ltd and partner Medical Logistics UK have announced a joint beyond visual line of sight medical drone delivery trial which will begin this week in a CAA approved area known as ‘The Medical Logistics UK Corridor’. .

Due to the increasing demands of the healthcare system, hospitals need essential and urgent medical supplies.

Skyfarer believes that these requests need to be handled efficiently due to the significant congestion on our roads and heavy infrastructure.

Georgia Hanrahan, Project Manager at Skyfarer, said: “There are no potholes in the sky, nor is there so much congestion, and without the need for heavy infrastructure to land, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can add to the logistics transfer fleet and provide a faster, more environmentally friendly and less expensive solution.”

Connecting hospitals
The Medical Logistics UK Corridor will connect 32 kilometers of airspace between University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire Trust hospitals in Coventry and Rugby for a three-month period from October to December 2022, enabling a record number of medical drones routine and ad hoc. the deliveries.

Skyfarer is a Coventry-based start-up founded in 2017 by Coventry University aerospace and engineering graduate Elliot Parnham with the aim of using drones for the good of society, with the first of their initiatives being Medical Drone Delivery.

Alex Landowski (Medical Logistics UK), Lucy Gilbert (UHCW) and Elliot Parnham (Skyfarer)

Parnham said: “I started Skyfarer in 2017 and it was all about this message of trying to bring about societal change and it’s through this new high value technology of UAVs, or drones, being used in emergency cases. ‘use positives like medical delivery.’

An innovative partnership
This trial, the first of its kind, is sponsored and made possible by London-based Medical Couriers, Medical Logistics UK.

Commenting on the new partnership, Alex Landowski, Managing Director of Medical Logistics, said: “I welcome our new partnership as an opportunity to revolutionize the UK medical supply chain. Using our emissions-free solution, this first land-based trial in the UK will achieve a record – a record number of routine and on-time medical deliveries.”

Based in London, Medical Logistics is a leading provider of urgent medical deliveries and personalized on-demand medical tests. Offering nationwide coverage, a competitive pricing structure and the highest standards in the market (CQC registered and UKAS accredited), Medical Logistics plans to take medical deliveries to the next level.

With a keen interest in technology, zero-emissions solutions and zero-emissions goals, drones were a clear need to add to the 90% electric medical vehicle fleet (100% by the end of 2023).

Medical Logistics’ goal is to serve its customers and the public by providing the highest standards with the introduction of real innovation and sustainability not seen in medical transportation and private healthcare.

This trial also kicks off the first leg of the Future Flight Phase 3 project corridor called “Skyway”, led by UTM partners and industry leaders Altitude Angel.

Skyway is a drone highway connecting 265km of the UK through the sky, allowing operators like Skyfarer to fly safely and regularly on BVLOS. Skyfarer is proud to be the lead operator on this project as the Medical Logistics UK Corridor is the first stop on the drone highway and creates a massive first step in completing the two-year project.

This trial is the first of its kind as it takes place on land, between two NHS Trust hospitals, in a hub-centric network running 24 hours a day, meaning all operations are controlled from a central location. and performed beyond visual line of sight.

Flights will be operated in all weather conditions throughout the rest of the year as well as at different times of the day so that the flight operations team can work with the Trust to determine how this technology can be permanently integrated into the future. The consortia want to ensure that it is accessible to every department whenever needed.

A series of routine and ad hoc emergency flights will also be carried out to determine the reliability of the Skyfarer service and future proof the NHS integration.

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