High Street Chemist, Boots, is to begin a trial to use drones to quickly deliver medicines to the Isle of Wight, it’s been confirmed.
The pharmacy chain, which has stores in Newport, Ryde, Shanklin, Bembridge, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor and Cowes, is set to use unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver medicines across the Solent to the Isle of Wight in a quick and efficient way.
The UAVs – or drones – are electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), allowing them to take off from both helipads and airfields.
The new trial follows the announcement of a trial by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust to use drones to deliver vital chemotherapy drugs. The 3-month trial to optimise the access to chemotherapy for cancer patients includes assessments on the impact of factors such as vibration and temperature on the drugs.
Details on Boots’ own scheme is currently vague, but Island Echo has been told by a Boots spokesperson that the trial is set to begin in the next few weeks.