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Opening Doors for the Queen Victoria Hospital

Gilgen Door Systems has completed the installation of 45 automatic swing door operators at Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in East Grinstead, designed to help improve accessibility, efficiency and patient care.

07. August 2015

Following a successful trial, the technologically advanced Gilgen FD20 Swing Door Operator was chosen to automate 35 double doors and 10 single doors in the hospital’s new theatre suite and at other key locations across the facility.

Activated by push pad the Gilgen FD20 swing door operators help improve safety and make access considerably easier for the theatre staff, easing the transport of patients, medical supplies and heavy equipment throughout the day.

The powerful Gilgen FD20 easily handles the door weights and pressures. It is certified for use on the hospitals fire related timber doors and safety has been further improved through the installation of infrared motion sensors on each door set meeting EN16005 guidelines. To minimise any potential risk of impact with the door, sensors continuously monitor the surrounding area for any obstacles or traffic, stopping and returning the door where any presence is detected. 

Of high quality Swiss design, the FD20 was initially installed to three double doors serving just one of the operating theatres. This trail proved so successful it lead to the decision to specify it on all remaining theatre doors. To avoid any down time, Gilgen installed the equipment over five weekends, completing the work to budget and a week ahead of schedule. In addition to the theatre suite Gilgen FD20’s have also been installed on doors to the refurbished children’s ward, eye department and hospital restaurants. 

Chris Dann, Estates Manager at Queen Victoria Hospital comments “The new Gilgen FD20 operators enable us to provide easier, more convenient access for patients and staff throughout the hospital, which is extremely important to our ethos of ensuring the highest levels of patient care. We are delighted with the performance of the doors and with the support of Gilgen Door Systems during the installation”.

Queen Victoria Hospital Case Study


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