Bushey Fields Hospital, Dudley16 Jul 2015
Bushey Fields Hospital, part of Dudley Walsall Mental Health Trust, offers specialist assessment, care and treatment to people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
The hospital which has three acute wards: one male ward (Clent), one female ward (Kinver), and an admission ward (Wrekin). It also has two older persons wards (Holyrood and Malvern).
ATB Systems was approached to replace the hospital’s standard commercial kitchen and laundry doors and the service door in the male ward, with doors from their Taurus Max healthcare range, a suite of security windows and doors, designed to meet the requirements specified by the health and mental health sectors. This was an enquiry that had originated from the Design in Mental Health exhibition where ATB unveiled the Taurus Max Healthcare range for the first time. Following initial discussions A.T.B. Systems carried out a site survey and provided design drawings for the trust to approve.
A.T.B.’s mental health hospital doors are designed specifically to meet the needs of the mental health sector with anti-ligature and security features designed to minimise risk to service users including anti-ligature handles as well as concealed closures.
The installation was carried out during daytime hours when the ward was still operational. Work therefore needed to be carried out quickly to cause as little disruption to patients as possible and the team needed to be aware of the clinical staff and patients’ needs. It is indicative of the professional attitude of ATB’s installation team that Bushey Fields had an entirely unproblematic installation.
Due to its location at the end of the corridor in the male ward, accessible by patients, the service door was supplied with a solenoid bolt provided by ATB Systems and wired up by an electrician, to provide an access control systems.
To further enhance security in this area, the service door was also supplied with double glazed Hammerglass. Hammerglass is a durable scratch-resistant polycarbonate sheet which is 300 times stronger than glass and virtually unbreakable. It can be used in conjunction with standard products to give a cohesive look where added security is needed but without compromising on design.
As with many refurbishment jobs a requirement was for the new doors to blend with the existing windows in the other areas of the building. As a result the Estates Team provided ATB with the correct RAL blue to match the existing windows and doors.
Colin Freeman, Managing Director of ATB Systems adds. “The Taurus Max range has been designed to improve facilities for the mental health sector to make them more welcoming and therapeutic without compromising safety and security. Window and door design that does not compromise on performance, allows natural ventilation, but also offers a robust solution with built in safety creating secure and comfortable environments for staff and patients.”