Patient safety key as Harrogate hospital turns to Crittall Fendor


Cygnet mental health hospital specifies CleanVent windows

Cygnet Hospital Harrogate is a long-established mental health hospital that provides support and treatment for both NHS and privately-funded patients.

A recent decision to replace and upgrade the windows led to the specification of specialist units by Crittall Fendor, experts in high-security fenestration.

The CleanVent window was chosen as it has been developed as a response to the specific needs of clinicians working in secure mental health hospitals.

It is designed to maintain security while being cleaned and also provides no projection to which a ligature can be fixed, a particular consideration where patients being cared for may have a predilection to self harm. The robust window is available in steel, aluminium or a hybrid of both materials.

For the Harrogate contract Crittall Fendor worked directly for Cygnet, removing the original windows and installing the new ones. Aluminium CleanVent were specified except for the front elevation of the building where taller, narrower steel-aluminium SwingVents were used.

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Tom Wilson, Cygnet’s director of development and facilities, said: “These offer the same characteristics as the CleanVent, but the design is more flexible and enabled us to meet the aesthetic requirements of the local planners.”