The 136 suite at Mansfield – Highbury Hospital, had solid doors with sloping top and piano hinge. Whilst the service users are under 24hr observation, the trust felt the need to mitigate the ligature risk associated with fixed doors. With the introduction of the Softdoor breakaway door, this helped reduce the risk, whilst installation was able to take place very quickly and ensure the unit was back in operation soon after. The door is a sealed unit, and feedback from the trust was: Our ICT lead preferred the door as the hinge is constructed of vinyl with welded seams, and the magnets are extra secure over other breakaway door options, its widely accepted that breakaway doors are the best solution to the ensuite in a mental health unit.
Very happy with the product and will specify it on all projects going forward. It was improved from a fire retardancy and ICT perspective from a previous product we had used.
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