AGS Airports leads a consortium together with NHS Scotland for modern challenge
A consortium led by AGS Airports in partnership with NHS Scotland to ship what would be the UK’s first medical distribution community utilizing drones has launched its subsequent section.
CAELUS (Care & Fairness – Healthcare Logistics UAS Scotland), secured £10.1 million funding from the Future Flight Problem at UK Analysis and Innovation (UKRI) final month.
To rejoice, consortium members, stakeholders and politicians gathered at Glasgow Airport for the official launch and to listen to extra particulars of the challenge timelines and work up to now.
Scottish Authorities Public Well being Minister Maree Todd offered the keynote speech on the occasion which had plenty of exhibitions on present from companions.
CAELUS brings collectively 16 companions together with the College of Strathclyde, NATS, NHS Scotland and Skyports. Collectively they’re working to ship what would be the first nationwide drone community that may transport important medicines, bloods and different medical provides all through Scotland together with to distant communities.
Since securing £1.5 million in January 2020, the CAELUS consortium has designed drone touchdown stations for NHS websites throughout Scotland and developed a digital mannequin (digital twin) of the proposed supply community which connects hospitals, pathology laboratories, distribution centres and GP surgical procedures throughout Scotland.
NHS Scotland has stated it would convey its “As soon as for Scotland” strategy to the challenge, the second section of which is able to contain dwell flight trials and eradicating remaining obstacles to securely utilizing drones at scale inside Scotland’s airspace.
Fiona Smith, AGS Airports Group Head of Aerodrome Technique and CAELUS Venture Director, stated: “We have been delighted after we heard we have been receiving the £10.1m funding from UKRI to maneuver onto the following section of the challenge.
“The CAELUS challenge is about to revolutionise the best way by which healthcare companies are delivered in Scotland. A drones community can guarantee crucial medical provides may be delivered extra effectively, it could possibly cut back ready instances for check outcomes and, extra importantly, it could possibly present fairness of care between city and distant rural communities.”
“In addition to with the ability to undertake dwell flights we will start to deploy the bodily infrastructure wanted to assist the drones throughout Scotland. It will contain constructing prototype touchdown bases in addition to digital and communication infrastructure. We may even work with native communities to make sure they perceive why and the way the drones shall be used.”
Stay flight trials shall be operated by CAELUS consortium member Skyports. The UK-based drone companies supplier is an skilled operator of medical and harmful items cargo flights. The corporate was instrumental to early trial flights with NHS Scotland in 2020 and 2021, flying over 14,000km within the area so far.
NHS Grampian’s Program Lead for Innovation, Hazel Dempsey, stated: ” We’re extremely excited to be the lead board for this high-end modern challenge.
“Our goal, from an NHS perspective, is to check using drone expertise in city, distant, rural and island landscapes. We wish to check if utilizing drones to will enhance vital facets of our logistics service, for instance, to check the transportation of laboratory samples, blood merchandise, chemotherapy, and drugs supply. Finally, we wish to discover if drone expertise can velocity up prognosis and therapy of medical issues.
“This has the potential to enhance companies for these whose care relies on rail, ferry or airline timetables and assist hold folks at house the place they are often supported by households and family members.
“This challenge intends to place the UK and NHS Scotland as a frontrunner within the third revolution within the aviation business.”
David Lowe, Nationwide Medical Director for Innovation added: “This nationwide, thrilling ‘subsequent stage’ programme of labor builds on the success of CAELUS 1 launch which centered on the West of Scotland.”
Alex Brown, Director, Skyports Drone Companies stated: “During the last 4 years, we’ve launched tasks all through Scotland which show the advantages that drone interventions can present to people and communities – even within the hardest-to-reach areas. All through the COVID-19 pandemic, we flew hundreds of kilometres to ship crucial pathology samples for the NHS, serving to numerous sufferers obtain their diagnoses and coverings sooner.
The CAELUS challenge is the following step in these crucial trials to show the feasibility of drone companies and pave the best way for the launch of everlasting drone supply operations for the NHS.”
The CAELUS consortium includes:
AGS Airports Restricted
ANRA Applied sciences UK
Linked Locations Catapult