New Innovation Hub Opens at Tallaght University Hospital

Hub OpeningNovember 22nd 2019 Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) is today launching a new Innovation Hub at the Hospital. The hub was developed with the support of Amazon Web Services (AWS) volunteers as part of the Hospital’s strategy to encourage and develop leading creativity and innovation in healthcare delivery.

The Innovation Hub provides a centrally located permanent place in TUH where ideas can be developed, where mentoring and education can be provided, and where an inventory of ideas can be maintained and progressed. The space will also act as a health information hub for staff, patients and visitors.

Chief Executive of TUH Lucy Nugent said: “We are delighted to be officially opening this Innovation Hub at TUH, and we are grateful to the support of AWS and their staff volunteers in developing this. Leadership in research and innovation are central to delivering better care, and this will build upon our reputation to attract and retain talented people.

I have no doubt this space will provide an opportunity for staff across the organisation to engage with the culture of innovation and continuous improvement, and enable them to contribute ideas big and small that will make a real difference to how we at TUH care for people to live better lives.”   

James Moloney, Director Data Centre Operations at AWS said: “It’s our hope that this Innovation Hub can be a benefit to our local community by both providing a quiet space for hospital visitors to use, and as an innovative space where the staff of TUH can meet to create new healthcare solutions. It shows how working together the Hospital, AWS and its willing volunteers, the wider community, and the support of staff, patients and visitors can develop the best in healthcare for people.”

AWS has provided the latest technology to the hub to support the development of innovative ideas, including Alexa driven voice recognition devices and Kindle devices, and AWS data centre employees assisted in the preparation and construction of the project.

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About Tallaght University Hospital
TUH is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The Hospital has 495 adult beds with 3,000 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialties. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre. The Hospital also has 67 paediatric beds under the governance of Children’s Health Ireland and 52 mental health beds under HSE governance. 

TUH is one of the two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. TUH is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties. 

A new satellite centre is to be built at TUH as part of the National Children’s Hospital project as a key element of an integrated clinical network for paediatric services nationally. The Hospital’s Emergency Departments catered for 51,084 Adult Attendance and 32,424 Paediatric Attendance in 2018. A further 293,751 patients were treated through the Hospital’s Adult and Paediatric outpatient clinics in 2018. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities and aligned with CHO7.