Oct 24, 2019 Last Updated 10:52 AM, Aug 14, 2019

Patient security

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In sensitive environments like hospitals and mental health units, site managers have to consider the safety and security of their patients as part of their duty of care. Specifying poor quality products may have a detrimental effect, therefore it is imperative to source correctly from the outset.


ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY has a wealth of experience when it comes to securing healthcare projects, particularly when supplying products for mental health facilities, where it has a proven record of carefully balancing access control requirements and security at a range of psychiatric units.

ASSA, supplied products for a learning disability hospital near Grimsby. Bradley Woodlands Hospital is a 23-bed care home facility, designed to provide a high standard of care for patients detained under the Mental Health Act. The facility provides a range of small, gender-specific apartments, which allow recovery to be delivered in a domestic environment.

Working closely with Lincoln Security Locksmiths and the hospital to ensure that patient and visitor access and freedom was considered along with security, ASSA’s P600 patented six-pin cylinders were specified to provide robust, cost effective high security, with the capability to handle complex masterkey systems on one key profile.

Based on a patented new pin technology, with specially designed wings and two tips on each pin, the P600 affords protection against bumping and picking, as well as the flexibility to be used both internally and externally on an application, all at a very competitive price point.

Reliable systems

Sean Falkinder, Sales Development Manager, at Lincoln Security, says: “We have worked in the past with the hospital provider, Lighthouse Healthcare, so it was crucial to ensure that we installed quality products that would be durable and reliable for the hospital, in order to maintain our good relationship with them.

“The masterkey system will allow the hospital’s residents to uphold the freedom and privacy of their own home, with the assurance that staff can still gain access to their rooms, helping to manage risk behaviours with individuals.

“I particularly like how the whole key neck locates within the plug; making the risk of key snapping less likely where there are deep cuts on the key.”

Simon Wilson, Regional Sales Manager for ASSA ABLOY UK, says: “We have gained extensive experience in the healthcare sector, including securing large-scale public sector buildings and other mental health facilities. We are pleased that locksmiths such as Lincoln Security are employing our capabilities.”

UNION, also worked with Lincoln Security to supply its KeyULTRA masterkey system for over 800 doors at a medium secure psychiatric unit in Leicester. Founded in 1983, Arnold Lodge, part of Nottinghamshire Healthcare, was one of the UK’s first purpose built medium secure units to become operational. The unit provides an in-patient Forensic Psychiatric Service to adults who are unable to be treated through General Psychiatric Services, working closely with the Criminal Justice System.

Lincoln Security installed 800 of UNION’s KeyULTRA masterkey cylinders, throughout the development, to help manage the facility’s security and access control requirements.

In addition, to standard single and double Euro Profile cylinders, euro thumbturn with clutch release functionality were also installed at Arnold Lodge for added patient safety.

Ideal for mental health applications, the clutch release function prevents a patient from barricading themselves in their room. The clutch is disengaged by inserting a key from the outside, granting access to authorised, key-holding personnel, regardless of whether the door is locked or being held from the inside.

Jason Healy, Project Manager for security specialists, Lincoln Security, said: “Nottinghamshire Healthcare was keen to upgrade its existing UNION system, and having previously worked with KeyULTRA, I was confident it was the best system for a project with such rigorous demands.

“UNION’s ability to deliver the high number of cylinders with specialist functions in a relatively short space of time, combined with its quality British manufacturing were key factors in its specification. This enabled us to deliver and install a fit for purpose system, on time and on budget.”

Simon Wilson, Regional Sales Manager for UNION, adds: “Working alongside a highly respected security company, like Lincoln Security, we were able to supply a patent protected masterkey system that is tailored to fit the needs of the facility.”

KeyULTRA is a 6 pin masterkey cylinder that possesses one of the longest patents on the market, lasting until 2028, meaning that the cylinder and keys cannot be copied. Designed with reliability and durability in mind, KeyULTRA has been tested to 500,000 cycles and also has over half a million key differs. It has received the highest grades for key related security and attack resistance in relation to BS EN 1303:2005 when used in conjunction with a security escutcheon.

Management of access

Trimec, supplied products for a state-of-the-art development, at a secure mental health unit in Sussex. The new centre is a £15m 45-bed expansion of the existing medium secure mental health unit. It provides state of the art facilities for people who need mental health support in a safe environment and meets the latest national standards for security, privacy and dignity.

Based in East Sussex, the hospital features a number of Trimec’s ES8000 V-Locks, on both interior and exterior doors of the unit. Specified thanks to the reliability of the high torque motorised bolt which secures the door, with the V-shaped strike plate pulling the door to align with the lock, the ES8000 also accounts for patient safety.

Trimec’s ES8000 V-Locks are integrated into an access control system, that enables focused management of access to each area (including patients to have manage their own access to their own bedroom area allowing for a degree of autonomy) while ensuring staff and patient safety and security by restricting access where necessary.

David Edwards, of Hafele Architectural Ironmongers, says: “We specified Trimec’s V-locks for their reliability. The locks reduce the risk of an electromechanical lock failing to engage, prohibiting unwarranted entry into restricted areas.

“The anti-ligature door furniture, combined with the comprehensive CCTV camera system and a number of other features ensures that the hospital staff are able to keep all users of the building safe at all times. Trimec’s V-locks fit into these security considerations and everything in the unit was designed with staff and patient wellbeing in mind.”

Simon Wilson, Regional Sales Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, says: “The hospital met a growing demand for mental health services in the area. This was a project with more safety and security considerations than most, but thanks to Hafele’s vast experience and knowledge, we were able to work together to meet the considerations with a product to suit.”

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