Commended as "lifesaving" by DIMHN judges, our en-suite door seamlessly balances your safety, recovery and practicality needs – removing all known ligature points whilst providing privacy and dignity. 

Here are some of its lifesaving details:

  • Doors load-release at 8kg, but stay attached during day-to-day use
  • Staff-only reset minimises ligature learning
  • Enables partial observation


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Enhancing service user recovery 

The leaves can be printed with images, brightening up bedrooms and enabling designers to create modern, recovery focused environments with vibrant, uplifting designs.

What are the leaf options?

Based on your feedback, we selected five standard designs for the leaves – three images and two colour options. Each design comes in three strandard widths.

View specification instructions for En-suite door and leaf design options.


Improving safety

The soft, lightweight leaves reduce the risk of weaponisation, while the staff-only reset mechanism prevents ligature learning.  And they're tear resistant and fire retardant.

Explore more lifesaving details

Thanks to our lifesaving magnetic load release pivots, leaves load-release at 8kg.

The leaves provide a partial visual screen, enabling you to observe service users’ head and feet, without encroaching their privacy or dignity.

And the magnets are in the pivots, meaning they can’t be removed and ingested.  

Plus, the staff only reattachment option can alert you of when a door has been detached, informing clinical risk assessment.

Ensuring practicality

You told us that any en-suite door needed to be practical, so we designed the magnets to sit at the top and bottom of the leaves – providing a superior hold and reducing unwanted detachment.

Will this meet my budget and timescale?

As a simple retrofit product, it delivers cost-savings of up to £1,000 in comparison to alternative options such as full doors with door-top alarms.

The anti-ligature magnetic pivots attach to the existing door frame in under 60 minutes, minimising installation and decant cost.

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

Depending on availability of stock and finish, we can deliver in just 5-7 days.  Larger orders may take between 8 and 10 weeks.


Our en-suite door represents a step-change in staff and service user safety.  Reattaching the en-suite leaves is done with a staff-only key – alerting staff to possible ligature attempts and informing the clinical assessment.

That's just one lifesaving detail.  Ask us about the others.

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"It seems clear that your 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

“Your product development process is impressively thorough, from the initial prototypes through to the final concept prototype.”
Healthcare Manager, NHS Tayside




Rigorously testing the en-suite door

We've put our en-suite door though its paces – rigorously testing it to
ensure robustness and safety.

Find out more about our testing methodology

Our en-suite door has been tested using methods in line with mental healthcare design guidance, and real-life scenarios specific to the en-suite, for example, kicking the frame mounts to ensure they don't come loose or break. 

We also carried out a range of ligature and weaponisation tests to help make your wards safer. 


The design process

Over the course of two years, we followed a rigorous design process involving over 120 groups and individuals across 20 NHS and private care providers. 

Explore the design process

You explained the challenges of existing en-suite doors.  We listened, and over the course of two years followed a rigorous design process for our en-suite door.

Involving more than 120 groups and individuals across 20 NHS and private care providers, we utilised our Voice of Customer (VOC) approach at each stage of the design process. 

By designing, creating, prototyping and testing the en-suite door alongside you, this ensured the final product overcame limitations of existing en-suite doors and considered the day-to-day challenges you face in Mental Healthcare.



Overcoming alternative product limitations

Seamlessly balancing service-user safety, recovery, practicality, and cost, our en-suite door successfully overcomes the limitations of alternative options.

Limitations of alternative en-suite doors

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

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

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

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



Glasgow office

Level 4, Skypark 3
14 Elliot Place
G3 8EP

t: 0330 058 0988

Blackpool office 

Unit 8 Bankfield House
250 Bristol Avenue



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