Drones complete first test flights before delivering medical supplies to NHS

Drones have completed their first test flights as part of the £28 million scheme to get medical supplies to hospitals during the coronavirus lockdown.

Drones of different shapes and sizes are being tested in Hampshire as Solent Transport endeavours to find the best way to get time-critical medicines to NHS hospitals.

They will be used to deliver supplies to Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire, Binstead on the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth’s QA Hospital.

The pioneering scheme was funded by the Department of Transport last month but transport minister Grant Shapps fast-tracked it to start this week.

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