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Health Tech Hub is officially open! Every Tuesday & Wednesday 12pm – 5pm

The Big Opening.

Last Friday (7th February 2020) we have officially opened the door to the public. After several weeks of hard work, both mental and physical, the Hub moved into the premises of The Plot. Our enormous greenhouse, home of all the technology, has occupied plot number 34.

To celebrate our first day of operation we have organised an opening event to which we have invited local residents, representatives of other local community projects, University of Plymouth researchers and project stakeholders. With over 100 arrivals everyone had a chance to ask the team questions and play with technologies, amongst which were smart speakers, assistive Pepper humanoid robots, 3D printers, tablets pre-loaded with NHS services and more. One of the most popular tech (just after Pepper) was the Virtual Reality Spa room where people had a chance to experience aided relaxation on the beaches of Hawaii or by diving in the Indian ocean with sea turtles.

Opening Times.

We are open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:00 until 17:00. until the end of April (and hopefully beyond that date). Everyone is welcome to come in and talk to us about the health and technologies we currently have at the hub. We are happy to teach you how to use those technologies to your advantage and explain how they could potentially help with different health conditions.

Coming Weeks.

In the coming weeks (until the end of April) you can expect a series of scheduled activities around health technology including digital skills tutorials, creative workshops, guest talks from the University of Plymouth and Plymouth’s own tech companies. Moreover, each week we will host student volunteers from the University of Plymouth helping local residents to sign up for digital services such as GP appointment services, explaining how to use NHS website and NHS approved mobile apps.

Hopefully, see you soon at Plot 34.

Health Tech Hub team.

Introduction to the project.

The Challenge

Stonehouse is a neighbourhood that vies with Devonport for the unenviable title of Plymouth’s most deprived location falling within the most deprived 1% nationally (LSOA E01015155- ranked 163rd overall in UK in IMD 2019, and 34th for Health Deprivation and Disability Score). 43% of families in the area are on a low income and depend on benefits, and nearly a quarter of adults are depressed or mentally ill, with over 14% suffer from violence in their family. Geographically, Stonehouse is located in the very centre of the city, and is a 10 minute walk from the University of Plymouth. Yet, currently there is little engagement between the University population and Stonehouse community.

Our Focus

This project is focused on health challenges as evidenced by Plymouth City Council and NHS which show that health inequalities are central to broader challenges of deprivation.

The Aim

The pop-up Centre for Health Technology (CHT) Stonehouse will be a community-based outpost in Stonehouse of the CHT. The University will work with Nudge to explore
how we can co-produce and build capacity in appropriate health technologies with residents in Stonehouse.

We will add value by working together to build collaborative capacity in Stonehouse to make better use of health technologies, addressing digital and health divides to influence and contribute to future health technology research.