Historic Environment Scotland produce PPE for NHS Scotland staff

3D printers were used by HES to create models for sites and collections for conservation.

The public body has repurposed technology at its national conservation centre, the Engine Shed in Stirling, to manufacture visors, for Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) maxillofacial department staff.

HES is working with Scottish Enterprise and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce using “state of the art 3D printing technology” to produce the PPE. From now, more than 50 visors per week will be created for the NHS and other organisations with frontline workers.

3D printers were used by HES to create models for sites and collections for conservation, learning and interpretation purposes.

“It’s been hugely rewarding to repurpose the technology to meet the stringent specifications required to produce these specially adapted protective visors to assist the NHS at this challenging time,” HES is doing a lot across our various teams and with our partners to support the wider, countrywide fight against coronavirus. It’s an absolute privilege to help NHS staff in this way, and we would like to extend our thanks to the QEUH team for all their fantastic work.”

In addition, HES is supporting cleaning contractor Mitie, whose Edinburgh Castle staff are taking part in voluntary ward cleaning at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital, and catering company Benugo, whose baker at Edinburgh Castle, Red Walker, is making protective face masks for the public.