DOORS FOR MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES
Hallmark Group are the experts in at-risk patient door solutions for New Zealand healthcare projects
Our range of mental health door systems help you to keep staff and patients safe in all areas of your facility. Our engineers and product managers bring valuable experience to this specialist area.
FEATURED PROJECT: Hillmorton Hospital
This Green Star certified project by Leighs Construction, relocates Specialist Health Services from Princess Margaret Hospital to two new facilities at the Hillmorton Hospital campus.
Products Hallmark provided included:
Seclusion room security doors
Removable doorstop frames
Door top alarms
IntaGlaze vision panels
SoftDoor anti-ligature ensuite doors
Anti-Ligature & Safety Products Explained
Designing and building at-risk patient facilities requires understanding of best practice for safe patient environments. The below products prevent or significantly reduce the potential for injury by designing out elements with potential for intended, or unintended, harm.
Full Mortice Geared Hinges
These are a full height continuous geared hinge running the entire edge of the door leaf without gaps, eliminating ligature risk from gaps between leaf and frame which occurs with standard hinges. Available in single swing or double action swing configurations.
Load Release Anti-Ligature Systems
These are systems designed to release under a specified load. Fixtures which present potential ligature risk, such as curtain tracking, towel rails, or ensuite doors employ a release mechanism (typically magnetic) allowing them to function under normal situations yet when load is applied will release.
Fixed Anti-Ligature Products
Many parts of a doorset, such as door handles, grabrails, or vision panel beading, can be a potential self-harm and ligature risk. Anti-ligature products are designed so that it's not possible for a cord-like object to be looped or tied around it.
Anything that can be forcefully removed from its location can potentially be used as a weapon by a patient. Products such as the SoftDoor, an ensuite door offering patient dignity while allowing for staff observation, eliminates potential harm if used as a weapon by being lightweight and flexible.
A significant risk occurs when a patient is behind closed doors with the ability to barricade themselves, and others, away from assistance. Anti-barricade solutions include removable door jambs which allow doors to be opened outward, providing quick emergency access.
“The quality is there. It's interesting because of the bespoke nature of the doors, you look at them and probably don't fully understand the level of effort that's gone into it.”
– Graham Osmers, Senior Project Manager, Leighs Construction – Hillmorton Hospital