Privacy and dignity enhanced by bespoke Kaba automatic sliding doors
Leading door manufacturer, Kaba Door Systems has completed a series of unique automatic door
installations for Colchester General Hospital.
Kaba supplied and installed nineteen sets of bespoke automatic single sliding door packages as part
of the hospitals continuous improvement of patient dignity and privacy.
The Kaba SLX single sliding door packages, specifically modified for Colchester General Hospital,
have been incorporated into new ward bays, sectioning the main ward into smaller six bed areas.
With an overall width of 4.2 metres each door has been designed to give a clear opening width of 2
metres allowing easy access for beds, equipment and wheel chairs etc. Manifestations positioned at
eye level ensure privacy for the patients and activation is by touch-less pads, helping to fight the
spread of infection. Additionally, porters have been issued with multi-channel remote controls which
will activate any of the nineteen doors enabling a door to be opened on approach providing
unhindered access when beds, patients and equipment are being moved. The remote controls have
been specifically adjusted electronically to ensure that cross talk is eliminated and only the door
required opens. The 2.2 metre wide pocket side screens have been inlaid with dry wipe boards which
are used by staff to record patient information providing a practical, reusable resource.
A recent report entitled ‘Privacy and Dignity – A report into mixed sex accommodation in hospitals’
was issued by the Chief Nursing Officer to all NHS trusts and health authorities. The report highlights
ward bay doors as just one of the ways that privacy and dignity can be increased for patients;
improving visual and auditory privacy through screening and providing confidential discussions areas.
Colchester General Hospital’s commitment to the recommendations not only include the fitting of
automatic doors, but also the installation of additional bathrooms, new, clearer signage and the
division of wards into male and female areas.
Julie Firth, Director of Nursing and Patient Experience at Colchester Hospital University NHS
Foundation Trust said “The installation of Kaba sliding doors will help us to achieve national standards
of Delivering Single Sex Accommodation by the end of February – one month before the national
“While doing all that we can to optimise privacy and dignity is one of our priorities, we have also found
that their installation has helped to modernise our estate and improve the physical environment, both
for patients and staff”.
The innovative and industry unique Kaba SLX sliding door is a technologically advanced system.
Controlled by an intelligent Communications Bus which continually monitors the safety sensors, the
SLX is safe reliable and extremely easy to operate. Kaba’s innovative SLX sliding door operator offers
the flexibility of a wide selection of functions allowing access to be optimised to match pedestrian
traffic. The SLX automatic door operator exceeds current regulations and also provides the flexibility
and convenience of elegant contact free access for all users.
Kaba Door Systems has over 80 years international experience in the design, manufacture and
installation of a leading range of commercial and industrial door systems. With regional centres
across the UK, Kaba also offers a nationwide entry repair and maintenance service. The company is
a member of the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA)