Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has more than 35 sites located across the county providing local residents with a range of services, from inpatient care and day hospitals, to community health and children’s services.

For the last two decades, Nottingham based PWP Fire and Security has overseen the maintenance and installation for fire detection and alarm (FD&A) systems, intruder alarms, CCTV, access control and emergency lighting for all of the Foundation Trust’s properties. PWP was one of the first companies to be awarded with Systems Integrator status by fire industry experts Gent by Honeywell and has installed many of the company’s innovative FDA solutions in several of the Trust’s Derbyshire sites.

The Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has several key sites in and around the city, including two large hospitals, day centres, residential units and office blocks. One of the most recent installations took place at Bramble House, the Foundation Trust’s HQ in Derby. The two storey traditional office block is the main hub for the Trust’s senior employees and it is now protected by a Gent FDA system.

Gavin Clarke, senior project manager, PWP said: “We upgraded the entire system at the Bramble House site and selected a Gent Vigilon system complete with the S-Quad multi sensor detectors as it was ideal for this property. There were a number of challenges on the project, mainly because of the aesthetics of the building and its traditional features such as ornate ceilings and cornicing. The FDA had to be robust and reliable enough to protect both the staff and property, without impact on the building’s aesthetics.”

Kedleston Low Secure Unit on The Trust’s Kingsway site, which comprises two individual units, has also recently had its FDA system upgraded. The unit delivers intensive, comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatments and care for patients who demonstrate disturbed behaviour in the context of a serious mental disorder and who require the provision of security.

A fully networked Gent solution was installed into the Kedleston Unit, which comprised a Vigilon System with over 300 devices, a fully functional repeater panel and compact repeat panels strategically located at staff workstations.

Gavin Clarke continued: “This was challenging for very different reasons. Due to the nature of the services they offer, the solution had to be tailored to suit the use of the building along with the trust’s specific HTM 05-03 Part B requirements. Site-specific, complex cause-and-effect schedules were incorporated, key-operated manual call points were installed in the more sensitive areas, and key switch interfaces were utilised to operate and monitor the high security airlock doors.

“The install took one month and there was meticulous planning involved in terms of allocating areas for each part of the upgrade. The flexibility of the Gent system enabled us to meet all of the unit’s requirements and the solution has performed faultlessly since its installation.”

The Derbyshire Trust’s Kingsway House and Albany House have recently undergone total refurbishments to the buildings with brand new Gent FDA solution installed in both locations. In addition, the Dovedale Day Hospital Unit and Dale Bank View in Swadlincote and Audrey House, which is a residential unit in the city centre, have also been installed with upgraded FDA systems to protect the patients, property and staff.

The next few months will see PWP continue its strong working relationship with the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. A number of further maintenance and upgrade plans are in the pipeline for the near future, with Gent systems in place to protect patients and employees across the county.