Anti-Ligature shop creates a reduced ligature safe ensuite bedroom at ‘Starlight’ unit Wythenshawe hospital

Anti-Ligature Shop (ALS) were asked to design and fit a new reduced ligature safe ensuite bedroom for the Starlight Unit at the University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

The Starlight Unit provides care for up to 24 children aged 0-16 needing a hospital stay for medical treatment or surgery. Gillian the ward manager approached ALS because they needed a safer environment for more vulnerable children who presented with both physical and emotional issues

Over a three-week period, the room was fully refitted. A new solid ceiling with locking access panels and anti-vandal LED lighting was fitted which provided a less institutional feel whilst increasing safety.  All sinks and sanitary ware (toilet, shower, and basins) were replaced with reduced ligature anti-vandal fittings.

ALS fabricated a reduced ligature stainless steel wall mounted lockable cover behind which the oxygen supply including masks and tubing were concealed. The operating controls remained inaccessible to the patients.

The existing window could not be replaced but had to be adapted to reduce the opportunity to attach a ligature. A new anti-ligature handle was installed on the window which allowed the window operation to be managed depending on the clinical risks posed by the patient.

Increased observation was achieved by fitting vision panels to the doors. Safety was also increased by fitting a two-way hinge (i.e. could open inwards or outwards) and a removable doorstop.

All washroom fittings were replaced with anti-ligature items. An aesthetically pleasing Ensuite shower room was also fitted.

Gillian and her staff were delighted with the finished Ensuite bedroom.  They were very pleased with the safe environment that had been created.  At the end of the project ALS sales manager Tony Crumpton presented ward manager Gillian and her staff with an Xbox one for the children of the unit.

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