Door Top Alarm
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
The Project Brief
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) operates services in 200 locations across Rotherham, Doncaster and North Lincolnshire. It provides an inpatient and community mental health, learning disability and addiction services for adult, young people and children.
The trust required a solution to help prevent the possibility of suicide from door tops while not compromising the integrity of the door in terms of fire, safety, privacy and functionality.
The anti-ligature Door Top Alarm supports the national strategy to prevent suicide in England and was developed by Intastop Ltd as a result of growing concerns expressed at the Design In Mental Health Conference 2013 in how best to manage the issue.
Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) has installed the Door Top Alarm by Intastop on all its Adult Mental Health Inpatient facilities in Tickhill Road site in Doncaster, Swallownest Court in Rotherham and at Great Oaks in North Lincolnshire to further develop and consolidate its patient safety strategy.
The discreetly designed, tamper proof system works by a sensory pad being installed at the top of any standard door and, should pressure be applied, it will alert carers and staff via their chosen method – i.e. audible alarm, staff indicator panel, pager, computer or visible light. The device connects via the mains power and is also compatible with most staff attack systems.
A door top alarm system, pivotal to the personal safety strategies in mental healthcare establishments, has been commended by a hospital trust for its simplicity and effectiveness.