We worked on the newly developed Acute Mental Health inpatient facility on the Sligo University Hospital Campus which boasts stunning views of the surrounding Sligo landscape. The envelope of the facility includes protruding box windows to allow patients and staff to enjoy the natural landscape throughout the building. The generously proportioned facility with its technologically advanced patient and staff facilities and accommodation centres around two enclosed courtyards, where patients and staff can enjoy privacy and tranquillity. Increased floor to ceiling heights and full height glazing provide a sense of openness and airiness and allows light to fill the corridors and rooms, while the interiors team utilised a combination of textures and colours to bring warmth to each space. The use of open-plan spaces throughout the facility create a relaxed and welcoming environment where patients can converse with staff or other patients. This impressive facility provides safe, robust conditions for acute mental health whilst ensuring both patient and staff safety requirements are met.
We worked closely with the design team, the HSE and main contractors Boyle Construction to deliver a door top alarm solution for this project as an added protection measure for centre residents. This unique, tamper-proof system detects when weight is applied to the top of the door and has a variable alarmed delay setting between 5 and 30 seconds. The team at Sligo’s Acute Mental Health Facility have noted that it has already aided in saving multiple lives since it’s installation in 2021. The door top alarm connects via mains power and is compatible with most staff attack systems. In the event of an emergency situation, it alerts staff via an audible alarm, visible light, staff indicator panel and via the pager or main computer.
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