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Innovative Derby Door shortlisted for Patient Safety Award

Published 14/08/2013

An inflatable door which helps cut the risk of airborne infections in hospitals, which has been designed and developed by Derby Hospitals’ assistant director of facilities management, Paul Brooks has been shortlisted in the Patient Safety category of the Health Enterprise East Innovation Competition 2013.

The Health Enterprise East Innovation Competition focuses on areas of healthcare where there are significant benefits for both patients and healthcare organisations where the sharing of good practice can deliver improvements and reduce duplication across organisations.

The innovative Derby Door is an inflatable barrier which fits flush against walls and ceilings on hospital wards to form a complete seal. Its primary function is to provide a safe and reliable seal around an area of a ward that needs decontaminating – for example after an outbreak of C difficile. Staff members enter through a sealable entrance in the door. It has been designed and developed with hydrogen peroxide decontamination primarily in mind. While hydrogen peroxide is very effective in enclosed areas such as side rooms, because of health and safety factors it can’t be used in areas such as open bays. 

Paul Brooks said: “I am delighted that the Derby Door has been shortlisted as it is a unique solution to a problem that hospitals across the country face. It allows for a flexible solution that is relatively inexpensive and can be used over and over. It’s also easy to clean and robust enough to ensure the safety of both staff and patients.”

The door has now become part of infection prevention good practice at Derby Hospitals, with ward staff receiving training and using it as part of the process of managing infection outbreaks. It has also attracted interest and business from across the UK and abroad including the Netherlands, Australia and South East Asia.    

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Girton College, Cambridge on 25 September 2013.


For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith

Communications Officer

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 


01332 785778

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