Designing effective mental health fencing

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Although many people suffer from mental health issues, it remains a somewhat taboo subject. Despite this, numerous people are obtaining help from in-patient programs via the NHS and private health facilities.

As in any hospital environment, buildings and perimeters need to be secure. Mental health fencing can, therefore, provide a suitable form of security in hospital settings. Although the necessary security requirements vary depending on the nature of the facility, it’s always important to have secure perimeter fencing.

Securing hospitals and treatment centres

With various options available, perimeter fencing can secure a location without being displeasing to the eye. The DUO6 range of perimeter fencing, for example, provides a double wire mesh system in a choice of colours. In keeping with existing external paintwork or fixtures, this type of perimeter fencing can provide a high level of security without being imposing.

Similarly, the GEMINI range is ideal for low-security mental health fencing. As well as providing security via twin horizontal wires, GEMINI fencing is available in concave, convex, wave and surf, meaning that it can be used decoratively.

For inpatient mental health facilities to provide a welcoming entrance rather than a daunting environment. Using decorative fencing systems or bespoke perimeter fencing, facilities can ensure that their sites are kept secure and that patients or residents are comfortable.

Managing high-security mental health facilities

Although the vast majority of people with mental health issues do not pose a danger to anyone at all, there are treatment facilities for patients who may become violent or experience potentially damaging outbursts.

Due to this, alternative security measures may be appropriate. If the patient has also been convicted of a crime, the facility may need to prevent them from leaving and keep them under observation. In such cases, perimeter fencing such as HiSec or ArmaWeave can offer suitable perimeter security in conjunction with intrusion detection and monitoring systems.

Combining a high mesh fencing system with underground protection, this type of perimeter solution also offers an intrusion detection system and detects cutting or climbing. When a high level of security is required, a robust system offers everything you need.

To find out more about providing effective security solutions in hospitals and mental health facilities, contact us today.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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