—James Atkinson, Operational Coordinator, East London NHS Foundation.
The Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health, opened in 2006, is one of the first purpose-built adolescent units in the UK. The Centre offers in-patient and day care services for young people between 12 and 18 years old.
With 12 bedrooms, the Galaxy Ward provides specialist Intensive Care services for young people who are experiencing significant emotional or mental distress. Working with young people, their families and carers, Galaxy Ward aims to provide young people with the best possible care whilst respecting their views, beliefs and culture.
After great consideration, they selected our en-suite door, seeing it as the only solution to balance safety, whilst ensuring privacy and dignity for those staying at the facility.
Posing various ligature risks, the traditional full-door was no longer suitable. The Trust had even tried cut down doors, but still identified ligature risks. “The shower curtain alternative didn’t work from an infection control and maintenance point of view and came with its own risks of suffocation”, said Operational Coordinator, James Atkinson.
Plastic bags had been banned on the ward to eliminate the risk of suffocation. James continued “So, a huge plastic sheet in the bathroom just wouldn’t work. It didn’t look homely or feel nice either”. They needed an alternative to eliminate the unsupervised risk.
Our load-release door detaches at 6-8kg, and with the staff-only reset option, it can also alert staff of ligature attempts, removing a traditional blind spot and disrupting the ligature learning process.
Since fitting the en-suite doors throughout the Galaxy Ward, clinicians have been able to provide patients privacy and dignity, while partial observations of the legs and feet provide confidence in their safety.
Fitted throughout with the printed mountain and beach scene leaves, the en-suite door also brightens the room and makes it feel less clinical. Made from a soft, lightweight foam and PVC the leaves can’t be used as a weapon. Staff have also noticed “it’s easy to clean and low maintenance”.