By: The Guardian

October 17, 2020

An NHS drone is being used to courier Covid-19 samples, blood tests and personal protective equipment between hospitals in England.

It is hoped that the trials, backed by a £1.3m grant from the UK Space Agency, can establish a network of air corridors for electric drones to navigate using GPS.

The remote-controlled drone, which will be piloted by an ex-military fast jet or helicopter instructor, will initially fly between Essex’s Broomfield hospital, Basildon hospital and the Pathology First laboratory in Basildon.