Comelit integrates door entry at Rathview mental health facility


Door entry solution ensures a therapeutic and safe environment for residents, staff and visitors

Comelit has provided a new door entry solution for Rathview mental health facility near Omagh, Northern Ireland.

Situated on a rural greenfield site on the outskirts of the town, Rathview is a new £2.8m, 1169sq m site that contains a 12-bed discharge unit and a six-bed recovery unit, arranged around two central courtyards.

With its innovative design, the unit aims to increase the range of community-based mental health services available in Northern Ireland.

Owned and operated by The Western Health and Social Care Trust, it was designed by Todd Architects, with Comelit working alongside electrical consultant, WYG Belfast, to provide a suitable access solution.

Gary Hewitt, consultant at Chubb NI, who worked on the development, said: “This was an incredibly-sensitive works programme, where the design of the building was not just important from an aesthetic perspective, but also to ensure a positive impact on the recovery process for residents; and for staff to operate in an environment where they feel safe and secure.

“Comelit was specified through experience and evidence of its understanding of requirements on site, together with the system being IP based, hence highly flexible and configurable.

”These elements came together to allow for residents to experience independence in a domestic environment, with autonomous access to their accommodation.”

The new facility has been designed around two central courtyards

The new facility has been designed around two central courtyards

In total, Comelit specified door entry systems for all four entrance points to the facility, and a total of four 316 Sense panels were installed, along with two staff stations, and a concierge unit.

Each of the 12 apartments were fitted with a pull cord and emergency response button, cabled into Comelit’s Mini handsfree monitors.

Designed to operate through Comelit’s innovative VIP system, it utilises the Security Systems Network and enables a priority call to the concierge in case of emergency.

Mike Campbell. business development manager at Comelit Group UK, said: “Rathview is an important development in the context of provision of mental health facilities across Northern Ireland, where every part of the site is seen as potentially having therapeutic value.

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”We have worked in partnership with the consultants on site to create a door entry solution that can ensure a balance of a welcoming, encouraging environment, while maintaining the safety and security of residents, visitors and staff.”