Cutting contamination in hospitals


ASSA ABLOY Security Doors fits new cleanroom doors at St Thomas’ Hospital

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, part of ASSA ABLOY UK, has supplied innovative cleanroom doors to an NHS foundation trust hospital in central London.

St Thomas’ Hospital, based on Westminster Bridge Road, is a prominent landmark due to its location opposite the Houses of Parliament on the banks of the River Thames. The hospital provides a full range of facilities for the local community, including specialist services for cancer, cardiac and renal conditions. It also integrates comprehensive education training and works in close collaboration with King’s College London to qualify future doctors and nurses.

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors worked closely with the hospital to correctly specify doors which would contribute significantly towards hygiene, as well as providing important security and access features. Powershield cleanroom steel doorsets were specified to reduce the development of surface bacteria and prevent the spread of infections throughout the hospital.

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors installed the doors in the new Central Sterile Services Department in the hospital over a period of two weeks. The doors provide superior quality to meet the stringent requirements of cleanrooms in accordance with ISO14644 cGMP and are fire certified for up to 60 minutes. ASSA ABLOY also installed ABLOY standard hardware and cleanroom glazed screens, with up to 60 minutes fire Integrity.

Aaron Moffett, quantity surveyor at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, said: “Cleanliness and hygiene within a hospital are usually only associated with practices, processes and apparatus, consequently the importance of doors can be overlooked. However, specifying the right door can be essential in providing protection against the build-up and transfer of dirt and contaminants.

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“We installed Powershield steel cleanroom doors for St Thomas’ Hospital, as the seamless finish to all leaf edges will ensure that the doors can be easily cleaned so they do not have areas where dirt can accumulate and bacteria can grow.”

Cutting contamination in hospitals