Salto Access Control Secures UK Mental Health Hospital

Peterborough's new mental health unit, The Cavell Centre, has installed SALTO access control system to provide advanced security management. The hospital awarded the contract to local approved SALTO business partner, Turentek.

Located on the grounds of the Edith Cavell Hospital site, which will eventually be called the Edith Cavell Healthcare Campus, The Cavell Centre is part of the US$502 million Greater Peterborough Health Investment Plan (GPHIP).

It comprises a 104-bed mental health unit offering patients purpose-built accommodation with single en-suite bedrooms. Facilities include adult acute psychiatric wards, a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, older people's mental health unit and a specialist service for people with learning disabilities. The accommodation also includes restaurant-style dining facilities for patients, staff and visitors, an information centre, a fitness and recreational center and landscaped gardens.

"As the only health care-tailored access control system, the solution was ideal for The Cavell Centre," said Turentek Director Neil Aspinshaw. "Working in consultation with the Centre and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust we designed a highly secure and flexible access control system to meet all needs of the end user, which provides long term care of young adult, elderly and primary care patients."

"The advanced system design incorporates Scandinavian electronic locks on 104 residential bedrooms, each fitted with Turentek Ovation anti-ligature handles," Aspinshaw said.

Three reception areas at the unit run SQL server software to control access to all the bedrooms, with individual access for staff and residents controlled via Mifare proximity smart fobs. Visitors to the unit are issued with temporary fobs at reception, allowing strictly zoned and timed access to a specific person/area as necessary.

Smart, secure and innovative, the access control solution supports unlimited users and is used by hospitals and health care providers around the world. Specifically developed for use in stand-alone operations it provides a totally wire free networked electronic locking solution with a huge range of features.

This means that any future expansion plans can be easily accommodated since it can be easily added to almost any existing lock and door, turning them into featured access control doors without compromising comfort, convenience, security or control, ensuring that the flexible solution can easily grow to meet any ongoing security requirements at The Cavell Centre.

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