NEWS COVER STORY Lockset with Integrated Emergency Override

Mental health inpatient environments are continually evolving. Whether it’s revised clinical practices, advanced technology, or updated guidance, ultimately the common purpose always remains the same – to save lives. This is exactly the objective that drives the development of Safehinge Primera’s products, and its latest innovation – the electronic Integrated Override Lockset – is no exception.

Working alongside mental healthcare providers, and listening to feedback from experts by lived experience, clinical staff, estates teams, and architects, Safehinge Primera set out to design a lockset that empowered patients, while allowing staff to gain emergency access as quickly as possible, without the use of a toolkit. The company’s existing electronic lockset – the 5-way SOS – empowers patients with the independence to lock and unlock their bedroom doors, while staff can gain emergency access using the toolkit provided. While it was recognised that the toolkit was necessary, feedback from

clinical staff highlighted that they would prefer a lockset that didn’t require the toolkit. The new Integrated Override Lockset has all of the same benefits as the 5-way SOS, but with the fundamental benefit of built-in emergency override. With the release of the emergency lever, the lock is overridden, and provides an additional pull force – allowing fast and reliable access for clinical staff in just five seconds, with no toolkit required. Safehinge Primera said: “The lockset will significantly reduce the amount of time it takes for clinical staff to get into patients’ bedrooms, and enable them to respond to emergencies as quickly as possible. It’s this critical time-saving feature that could indeed be life-saving.”

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Mental health supportduring the coronavirus outbreak

In recognition of what it dubbed ‘the unprecedented challenges which the COVID-19 outbreak and extended periods of self-isolation can pose’, Public Health England last month published new online guidance setting out principles to follow to help people manage their mental health ‘during this difficult time’. Key suggestions included:

l Maintaining contact with friends and family via

telephone and video calls, or social media;

l Keeping a regular routine and sleeping pattern;

l Focusing on a hobby or learning something new.

Mental Health Minister, Nadine Dorries, also announced that people struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus outbreak would be offered additional online support and practical guidance to help them cope, with the guidance developed ‘in partnership with leading mental health charities’.

The Government also announced a £5 million grant for leading mental health charities, administered by Mind, ‘to fund additional services for people struggling with their mental wellbeing during this time’. This could include telephone and online support services ‘for the most isolated and vulnerable’.

Yvonne Doyle, Medical director at Public Health England, said: “During these challenging times, it is natural for all of us to

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feel worried or anxious, but there are things we can all do, to help ourselves and others, to prevent these feelings from becoming more serious. The Government and NHS England recognise that the mental health impacts of the coronavirus outbreak are significant, and are working closely with mental health Trusts to ensure that those who need them have access to NHS mental health services. “This includes issuing guidance to Trusts on staff training, prioritisation of services, and how to maximise use of digital and virtual channels to keep delivering support to patients. NHS mental health providers are also establishing 24/7 helplines.” Public Health England updated its ‘world-leading’ Every Mind Matters platform with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak.

Claire Murdoch, NHS Mental Health director, said: “The NHS is stepping up to offer people help when and how they need it, including by phone, facetime, Skype, or digitally enabled therapy packages, and we also have accelerated plans for crisis response service 24/7.

“We are determined to respond to people’s needs during this challenging time, and are working with our partners across the health sector and in the community. NHS mental health services will be there through what is undoubtedly one of the greatest healthcare challenges the NHS has ever faced.”


Find the right ceiling product with ease An online room selector tool, designed

to help architects and specifiers by clearly identifying which mineral ceiling systems are best for individual rooms and spaces, has been launched by leading manufacturer, Armstrong Ceiling Solutions.

Available through the Applications section of the company’s website, the ‘intuitive tool’ gives interactive advice for all the sectors Armstrong operates in – office/commercial, retail, education, healthcare, hospitality and leisure, and transportation. For each, it details the ‘challenges and solutions in general’ for ceiling specification in each room or space, and, as Armstrong puts, ‘lists the relevant products for the increasingly important factor of occupant wellbeing, whether it be for a new-build or refurbishment project’.

Taking offices/commercial as an example, the selector tool advices on spaces such as the lobby/reception area, conference room, corridor, café, private office and open office/collaboration area – each of which has unique requirements. Relevant case studies show how other specifiers have used such systems to meet their project’s requirements, whether they be acoustic, aesthetic, light-reflectance, durability, or ease of installation and maintenance-related.

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