• Award-winning en-suite door

    Award-winning en-suite door

    Setting new standards for safety, our en-suite door won Product Innovation of the Year at the Design in Mental Health Network Awards 2017

  • Setting new standards for safety in the bedroom

    Setting new standards for safety in the bedroom

    Eliminating ligature from the en-suite, whilst also enhancing service-user recovery and dignity, our en-suite door was deemed "life-saving" by DIMH judges

  • Based on feedback from over 120 individuals

    Based on feedback from over 120 individuals

    The design of the en-suite door followed a rigorous 18-month process, inlcuding feedback from 120 individuals across 20 NHS and private care providers


Working closely with a range of architects, clinicians and facilities managers, as part of an 18-month process, we're proud to have redesigned the door from a blank canvas –  setting new standards of safey and recovery in the Mental Health industry.  

Overcoming the challenges typcially associated with the en-suite – as advances in the design of bedroom doors have largely moved ligature risks to the en-suite – our revolutionary product removes these risks, and in doing so sparks a monumental shift the safety standards of inpatient Meantl Health care.

Seamlessly balancing safety, recovery, practicality and cost, it has been deemed “livesaving” by DIMH judges, winning Product Innovation of the Year 2017.

Plus, it’s cost-effective, meaning you now have the opportunity to remove ligature from the ensuite door and still meet your budget. 


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Creates bright, personalised space

The leaves can be printed with images, patterns or semi-transparent colours.  So service users can personalise their bedroom – and designers can create modern, recovery focused environments with vibrant, uplifting designs.  



Preserves dignity,  enchances recovery.

The door acts as partial visual screen enabling clinicians to carry out in-room observations without enroaching the privacy or dignity of the service-user. 

Plus the staff only reattachment option can alert staff of when a door has been detached, informing staff of clinical risk assessment and discouraging service users from attempting to tamper with the door. 


60-minute retrofit

The anti-ligature magnetic pivots attach to the existing door frame with concealed anti-tamper screws in just 60 minutes, decreasing installation costs in live wards, and enabling rapid roll-out across wards. 

Plus, the 'saloon-style' doors reduce the floor space needed by 75%, creating more spacious bedrooms. 

Removes ligature points

Ligature risks in unsupervised areas are eliminated thanks to magnetic load release pivots. 

And because the magnets are at the top, instead of side-hung, the door is held at the pivot points, whilst allowing the door to rotate open and closed, reducing unwanted detachment.  

Plus, there are no magnets in the leaves that can be removed and swallowed. 

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Our design process


The development of our en-suite door was an 18-month long process.  

Inviting feedback from over 120 individuals across 20 NHS and private care providers, we worked hard to ensure the result was one that would satisfy the needs of a range of different customers – clinicans, ward managers, estates and capital teams and directors.  And because of this, our design process was a constant feedback loop with our customers – from the very beginning through the analysis, prototype, testing and final stages of the en-suite product development. 

The result?  A retrofittable en-suite door that meets customers’ needs and sets new standards for safety and recovery. 


What do our customers think?

'The anti-ligature en-suite door that has been developed by Safehinge appears to offer exciting opportunities to improve safety, and enhance, the inpatient environment.  When meeting one of the design team it seemed clear that Safehinge are very well tuned through research to the needs of patients and service providers, and that their design and testing has considered all aspects of safe care and support and management of risks to aid recovery'

                                        Head of Adult Mental Health Crisis Services & Lead nurse for Adult Mental Health
Western Health & Social Care Trust 

Aiding recovery, restoring dignity

When designing our revolutionary en-suite door, we payed close attention to the design of a product that was both safe and aesthetically appealing – a key conference theme at DIMHN 2017.  

The lightweight flexible leaves can be printed with bright images so service-users can personalise their bedroom.  Plus, the 'saloon-style' doors reduce the space needed by 75%, creating more spacious bedrooms.  And attaching to the existing frame in just 60 minutes, disruption in live ward environments is minimised, ensuring the recovery process is not interrupted.  

Staff also told us that existing solutions such as a full door with door top alarm can often make their jobs harder as they offer limited observation and can result in staff complacency.  We worked hard to ensure our solution combatted these issues.  Providing a partial visual screen, our door enables the observation of service-user's head and feet, without enroaching their privacy or dignity. 

Seamlessly balancing safety and cost

Staff told us that advances in the anti-ligature design of bedroom and bathroom fittings have largely moved ligature to the en-suite door, making it one of the highest risk areas in a Mental Health bedroom. 

Eliminating all known ligature points, our en-suite door helps overcome these challenges,  moving ligature away from the bathroom, and contributing towards the removal of the ligature risk from the bedroom as a whole. 

They also voiced concern about their own safety due to the risk of weaponisation.  Because of this, we designed the leaves to be lightweight and flexible, removing the risk of weaponisation and minimising danger to staff. 

Delivers up to £1,000 in cost savings

Customers told us that whilst safety was a priority, the solution must also be cost-effective.  Our en-suite door enables significant cost-savings of up to 50% in comparison to alternative options such as full doors with door-top alarms.  With lower buying costs and lead times of 3-5 days in comparison to 6-8 weeks for a full door, it is a far easier and quicker alternative

And as the anti-ligature magnetic pivots attach to the existing door frame in just 60 minutes, installation and decant cost are also significantly lower meaning the en-suite door can satisfy a range of budget requirements. 



Providing day-to-day practicality

Staff told us that they needed an en-suite door that was practical and could be used easily on a daily basis.  Designing the en-suite door with magnets at the top and bottom of the leaves, instead of the side, means the door is held at pivot points, providing a superior hold and reducing unwanted detachment

Plus, the en-suite door is water and tear resistant, increasing durability and ensuring the door won't be easily damaged on a day-today basis. 




Overcoming limitations of existing options



Seamlessly balancing service-user safety, recovery, practicality and cost, our en-suite door successfully overcomes the limitations of existing options, helping to meets the needs of service-users and staff. 


1. Cut-down door

Cut down door limitations 

  • Multiple ligature risks on door frame, hinge and gap
  • No opening angle restriction, so double-swing variant vulnerable to breakout
  • Can be used as both a weapon and hiding place
  • Slamming causes damage and disruption

How our en-suite door overcomes these limitations

  • Removes all known ligature points 
  • Light-weight flexible leaves make ineffective weapons
  • Partial visual screen removes opportunity for hiding 
  • Lightweight leaves cannot cause disruption

2. Full door with door-top alarm

Full door with door-top alarm limitations 

  • Low-level anchor points pose risk of bed sheet ligature
  • Limited observation when bathroom in use
  • Doesn’t solve ligature risk
  • Can be used as a weapon and hiding place
  • Can result in staff complacency

How our en-suite door overcomes these limitations 

  • No known ligature points
  • Partial visual screen, enables observation of service-user head and feet, and removes opportunity for hiding place 
  • Light-weight flexible leaves make ineffective weapons

3. Foam door

Foam door limitations 

  • Side-hung magnets detach too easily, so impractical
  • Can be used as battering ram or shield
  • Strong magnets in fabric can be removed and swallowed, causing internal injury and even death

How our en-suite door overcomes these limitations 

  • Door is held at pivot points allowing the door to roatte open and close – helping to reduce unwanted detachment 
  • Light-weight flexible leaves make ineffective weapons
  • No magnets in the leaf that can be removed and swallowed

4. No door / Curtain

No door / Curtain limitations

  • Lack of dignity and privacy
  • Constant observation causes anxiety
  • En-suites redesigned for privacy also create ‘hidden’ area
  • Doesn’t emulate home environment
  • Curtain blocks observation and require regular replacement

How our en-suite door overcomes these limitations 

  • Door acts as partial screen with leaves overlapping to preserve service-user dignity
  • Lightweight flexible leaves can be orinted with images, patterns and semi-transparent colours so service users can personalise bedroom to emulate home environent 
  • Partial visual screen enables staff observation, giving clinicians peace of mind 


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