CP Electronics makes complex switching simple for Moorside Ward

Moorside Ward, a mental health unit at Birch Hill Hospital in Rochdale has installed a pluggable lighting control solution from CP Electronics, a brand of Legrand. This 16-bed unit provides care to women aged between 18 and 65 years, who are experiencing complex mental health conditions. The ward is run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services across Greater Manchester.

Building work is currently underway on the ward to replace the old dormitory style accommodation with single bedrooms. A range of other improvements are in progress including a new activity hub (featuring a gym, sensory room, therapy kitchen and office); a waiting room and suite for patients’ mental health tribunal hearings; staff restroom; TV lounge and a multi-faith room.  To enhance the team’s ability to provide safe and comfortable patient care, a simple lighting control solution was needed that allowed luminaire switching both inside and outside of the rooms; controlled to suit each patient’s needs.

Barton & Holden Electrical of Bolton approached CP Electronics for their expertise and the Vitesse Plus LCM proved to be an ideal solution, due to its high level of flexibility and functionality. It provides multi-gang switching and dimming in the bedrooms and bathrooms with overriding capabilities in the corridors for lights to be turned off or on in an emergency.

CP Electronics’ Vitesse Plus LCM has been engineered to adapt to changing environments, with 7 channels and 12 outputs. The installation process is simplified to a plug and play solution with an innovative switching arrangement achieved by programming the LCM. Up to four detectors can be connected to the Vitesse Plus LCM, maximising the capacity to save energy.

The CP Electronics system was based on individual rooms with one LCM controlling one bedroom, making installation very straightforward. In the unlikely event of a fault or damage to the LCM, it can easily be replaced and the programming replicated by exchanging the memory chip from the damaged LCM to the replacement. This can be carried out by a maintenance electrician, without the need for a revisit from the CP Electronics commissioning engineer to re-programme the LCM.

The sensory room has manual dimming controls installed to allow users to control the lighting as required. The multi-faith room utilises a switched only control. The system also provides a controlled night light and emergency testing from a control panel outside the room.

By using CP Electronics products within this facility, the staff can have total control over the lighting and can easily adjust it to a comforting and relaxing level to suit the needs of each individual patient.

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