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Makerspaces: About

Makerspaces aim to foster innovation and collaboration in the HSE.

What is a Makerspace?

3D Printed HeartMakerspaces have been established in a number of Health Library Ireland (HLI) sites.

Makerspaces provide tools, materials and space for HSE staff, students on placement and other authorised users. They facilitate hands-on learning, creating opportunities for innovation and support patient and service user wellbeing. 

Our Makerspace sites feature a variety of different equipment, including: 3D Printers; Poster Printers; MakerLabs and Energy Pods. 

As Aoife Lawton, General Manager of Health Library Ireland, suggests: “Libraries have always acted as places of knowledge consumption and insight, but we're also starting to see them as places of creation - places we can transform insight into knowledge”.

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIN to learn more about our Makerspace creations, such as this 3D Heart Model, printed by Natasha Smith, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, HLI. 

3D Printers

Form 3B+ 3D Printer 3D Printer

This 3D Printer facilitates high quality 3D model printing from STL and OBJ files. 

Available at: 

Merlin Park University Hospital, Co. Galway 

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth 

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore, Co. Offaly
 

MakerLabs

The MakerLab was designed to enable staff to bring their ideas for improving healthcare to reality through early-stage prototyping and experimentation. 

The two MakerLab components (i.e. Trolley and Portable Case) contain similar tools and can be used independently. MakerLab

Available at:

Connolly Hospital Library, Co. Dublin 

Cork University Hospital, Co. Cork 

Merlin Park University Hospital, Co. Galway 

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth 

 

Digital MakerSpace for UX Testing

This Digital MakerSpace is for UX Testing only. If you need to use it, please contact

Digital Services                                                          

Poster Printers

Canon TA-20 Poster Printer Poster Printer

This Poster Printer facilitates large size colour poster printing up to A1 size. 

Available at:

Connolly Hospital Library, Co. Dublin 

Cork University Hospital, Co. Cork 

Merlin Park University Hospital, Co. Galway 

Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore, Co. Offaly 

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth 

 

Energy Pods

The Energy Pod supports HSE staff to re-energise and reduce stress by providing a comfortable, quiet space for rest.

A short nap can contribute to:Energy Pod image

  • improved alertness and cognitive functioning
  • memory retention
  • lower stress levels 

Available at:

Cork University Hospital, Co. Cork

St. Luke’s General Hospital, Co. Kilkenny 

University Hospital Limerick, Co. Limerick
 

Benefits of Makerspaces

National Doctors Training and PlanningThe purpose of having a makerspace is to present health care professionals with an opportunity to explore their interests through hands-on, experimental projects that improve patient care.

 

Makerspaces create a culture of innovation and creativity, encouraging the use of new tools and technology.Spark Innovation Programme

HLI would like to acknowledge the funding provided by partners National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP) and Spark Innovation Programme which underpinned the creation of HLI Makerspaces. 

Health Library Ireland, Health Service Executive. Dr. Steevens' Library, Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8. D08 W2A8 Tel: 01-6352555/8. Email: hli@hse.ie

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