Access control system installed at new hospital and primary care centre
Comelit Group has worked with fire and security specialist, Building Protection Systems, at the award-winning Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex.
The team has helped the centre achieve its objectives for access control to interface with intercoms located at external building entrances, internal ward entrances, and department entrances.
The complex houses two wards with 40 single inpatient rooms and aims to promote patient privacy and dignity while complying with the latest infection prevention and control standards.
Providing security for hospitals involves more than the best choice of products and services – it also requires best practices and an integrated approach to ensure security incorporating door entry, safety and convenience
A further 22 recovery beds are available for patients recuperating from day case surgery.
Working with Building Protection Systems and the primary health trust, Comelit Group created a solution to allow access to visitors after normal hours when a department or entrance is locked down.
The main requirement was for a combined access and intercom system to divert to a separate location and provide the same ability to communicate with the caller and release the door remotely.
Clive Kinnear, senior manager of F&S systems sales at Building Protection Systems, explained: “There were many different elements that had to be considered carefully when researching how to effectively manage the hospital security systems; not least to provide a welcoming and calming environment that supports patients, staff and visitor health and wellbeing.”The overall solution was the integration of an intercom to communicate across the trust’s IT network.
Door entrance panels were connected and the system programmed to ensure out-of-hours calls were automatically transferred.
This covers main entrances to the building and also car parking barrier help stations to assist with car park issues.
Comelit Group provided over 50 systems across the whole site, using both its ViP and Simplebus system technologies.
A mix of Vandalcom and Ikall Entry panels were also used, calling Icona Video monitors.
And a further range of emergency call points are located in the car park, all centrally managed and provided with a concierge unit facility and offsite monitoring using Comelit’s C-Bridge to connect to the South Western Area Hospital in Enniskillen.
Mike Campbell, business development manager at Comelit Group UK, said: “Providing security for hospitals involves more than the best choice of products and services – it also requires best practices and an integrated approach to ensure security incorporating door entry, safety and convenience.
By installing this solution; Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex can achieve maximum communication with no signal loss over the complete grounds
“The adaptability of our ViP technology allowed us to work with the contractors to supply a high-quality system and offer greater flexibility and reliability.
“By installing this, together with our flagship Simplebus solution; Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex can achieve maximum communication with no signal loss over the complete grounds. And this is on a 24/7/365 basis, including car park facilities, for the benefit and security of all staff, patients and visitors.”