United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) cancer patients will be the world's first to get chemotherapy delivered by drone. In a first-of-its-kind trial, chemo will be flown from Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust to St. Mary’s Hospital, where staff will collect it for distribution to hospitals and patients. Drones will cut delivery time from four hours to 30 minutes, replacing two car journeys and one hovercraft or ferry journey. Apian, founded by NHS doctors in training and ex-Googlers, is doing the deliveries, which will be trialed in the Isle of Wight and Northumbria. "Delivering chemo by drone is another extraordinary development for cancer patients and shows how the NHS will stop at nothing to ensure people get the treatment they need as promptly as possible – while also cutting costs and carbon emissions," said NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard.

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