An area of concern for mental health facilities can be pinch points, not only from risk of injury but from an increased risk of ligature.  Intastop Ltd, a leading manufacturer of products and solutions for all types of healthcare settings and facilities, has launched the Shrouded Full Mortice Hinge to support increased safety and reduce ligature risk.


Designed primarily for use on en-suite doors, the Shrouded Full Mortice Hinge, is a single swing hinge that works by two full length, paired and interlocking gears which generates high strength and a low operating force, delivering easy opening. This new hinge also benefits from a choice of anti-ligature cap, either a domed version or slanted tip to assist in reducing ligature opportunities.


“Facility managers have many factors to consider when maintaining fixtures within a mental healthcare setting, doors are one area which rely on many elements to keep optimum operation whilst helping to protect staff and patients,” said Marketing Manager, Lisa Turner.  “This is where our level of expertise and understanding of the mental health facility sector comes into its own, full mortice hinges are quite popular now but, by ensuring they are as ligature proof as possible we have offered another dimension for ensuite door solutions which is quite often a challenging area.”


The Shrouded Full Mortice Hinge allows users to benefit from increased security, safety, reduction in finger entrapment, and privacy.  Also typical problems with doors such as alignment issues and stress distribution is alleviated through the innovative design of the hinge.

Lisa continued: “The Intastop continuous hinge has proved to reduce maintenance, allowing heavy doors to be safely fitted as weight is distributed across the entirety of the hinge preventing buckling which can result in doors dropping and damaging the floor. This new design to the Full Mortice hinge range offers all this and has the added advantage of helping to reduce ligature points.”


Furthermore, the new hinge from Intastop has undergone rigorous testing and is approved to Adult Medium Secure Standards and is Performance Rated to BS EN 1935.