Category: Ceiling Hoists

Strathmore School Includes Specialist SEN Solutions Across New Facilities

Posted on November 10, 2017

Strathmore School includes specialist SEN solutions at new build school in Richmond

Having been involved in the recent development of Strathmore School’s new The Russel Primary School campus, OpeMed are pleased to have handed over and completed the multiple Ceiling XY Hoist Systems included in the project.


The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation

Posted on November 2, 2017

The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation: a Publication that outlines the best practice and ideal solutions when considering an inclusive guest environment.

Working in an advisory capacity, OpeMed are very pleased to have offered our technical expertise to the Inclusive Hotels Network on their latest publication, The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation.

As manufacturers of Ceiling Hoists, OpeMed gave consultative information on technical aspects of the hoist as well as providing case studies from installations on previous projects and experience led tips on optimising accessibility in accommodation environments.

The second document offered from the IHN, it is meant as an impartial and comprehensive resource for those in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry, Construction Industry professionals and anyone looking to improve their knowledge on the legislation and application around accessibility in guest accommodation.

The Use of Hoists in Guest Accommodation: a Publication



What is your colour?

Posted on October 11, 2017

What is your colour? For many years’ artists, scientists and researchers have been interested in the psychology of colour. They found that colour can have a profound effect on the human mind and emotions; evoking memory, affecting mood and influencing behaviour.

  • Cool colours create a sense of calm
  • Yellow is a subtly optimistic, happy colour.
  • White has long been a symbol of purity and cleanliness.
  • Light reflecting colours create an illusion of space.
  • Reds, oranges and browns make a space feel warm and welcoming.
What is your Colour


Bringing a ‘pop’ of colour with OpeMed

Posted on September 18, 2017

Bringing a pop of colour
For many years’ artists, scientists and researchers have been interested in the psychology of colour. They found that colour can have a profound effect on the human mind and emotions; evoking memory, affecting mood and influencing behaviour. It has been shown that colour can have physical effects, increasing blood pressure and affecting appetite, and can even cause eye strain.

House Becomes a Home; London Family Home Made Accessible

Posted on September 5, 2017


OpeMed has recently concluded an exciting project in London, involving the refurbishment of a family home to make it totally accessible and suitable for a client with Cerebral Palsy.

Accessibility, in this case, is comprised of a Through-Floor Lift, Height Adjustable Kiva Bath with Light Therapy, Air Spa, Auto-fill taps, Music system and a full-size Neatfold Changing Table.


First Day of Filming At Local Holiday Home Complete For OpeMed

Posted on July 27, 2017

Capturing Flat Spaces Holiday Home, – Ropley, Hampshire

Yesterday we were delighted to head back to Flat Spaces, a wonderful purpose built Holiday Home for the disabled community in the heart of Hampshire, to film our latest demonstration video.

Flat Spaces is the brainchild of Tom Yendall a man known for his work with the Mouth and Foot Painters Association. As the founder, Tom’s mission is to enable those with severe disabilities to take a holiday, in the full knowledge and confidence that their needs will be catered for. The vision is to provide high quality, fully accessible holiday accommodation for the severely disabled and less abled traveller by means of a UK and overseas network of well equipped, internally identical flat space bungalows.

First Day of Filming At Local Holiday Home Complete For OpeMed

Ceiling Hoist Fixings and Considerations

Posted on July 12, 2017

In the thousands of installations OpeMed have completed, we have very rarely come across a project we could not create a fixing solution for. With over 20 years industry experience our specialists can ensure Ceiling Track is installed safely into every recommended installation. To help provide guidance and support, we have put together a quick explanation of the most common Ceiling Hoist fixings and considerations based on the type of ceiling structure present, we hope you will find useful.

Please remember every installation is different, the below are a few examples of many options available.

Ceiling Hoist Fixings and Considerations

SEN Equipment Taken Seriously

Posted on May 17, 2017

SEN Bathroom and Classroom Equipment

Almost a fifth of children in Britain are identified as having special educational needs (SEN). It is estimated that around 7 per cent of children are disabled and a significant number of children have both SEN and a disability. Most children with SEN and disabilities are educated in mainstream schools. Around one per cent of the total school population is educated in special schools.

Part of OpeMed’s SEN Patient Handling Equipment offering is our ability to listen and adapt to what our SEN customers really need. We have completed multiple SEN projects across the country, working closely with the architect, main contractor and school. Requiring both adaptations of existing facilities (classrooms, assisted bathrooms and sensory rooms etc.) and the creation of Hoisting and Changing solutions for new build additions.


Introducing OpeTrack Art

Posted on May 12, 2017

Introducing OpeTrack Art

Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia’s House Grand Opening

Posted on May 8, 2017

OpeMed were delighted and proud to attend the official opening with TV Actor, Martin Clunes at Julia’s House Hospice, Devizes – Wiltshire, this weekend. As featured on BBC Wiltshire and with many notable attendees, Julia’s House is an award-winning children’s hospice charity dedicated to bringing comfort and care to families through exceptional facilities and staff.

This high profile hospice has been supported by Guy Ritchie, David Beckham, Robert Downey Jr. as well as many other celebrities and has become a cause close to many peoples hearts. We are proud to have been able to fit out the facility with our state-of-the-art equipment, from hoists, Ceiling Track, Assisted Baths, Height and Horizontal Adjustable Washbasins to Adjustable Grab Rails.


Doc Martin Actor joins OpeMed for Julia

German Exhibition Features OpeMed OT200 Ceiling Hoist

Posted on April 27, 2017

The OT200 Ceiling Hoist had pride of place on our exclusive German distributor Beka Hospitec’s stand this week at Altenpflege 2017 Nürnberg, Germany.


Aimed at the Long Term Care (LTC) sector, the exhibition was well attended by Nursing Homes, Hospices, Handicapped Residential Units and Special Schools. On show was the OT200 with flush mounted track to show that Ceiling Hoist installation can be aesthetically pleasing whilst providing the vital equipment for safe and efficient patient transfer.

We also exhibited our unique powered cradle that expands and changes shape as the patient us lifted from the bath, bed or chair.

German Exhibition Features OpeMed OT200 Ceiling Hoist

OpeMed Complete Ceiling Lift Project in Zaans Medical Centre, Netherlands

Posted on April 25, 2017

We are delighted to announce announce the completion of our latest Ceiling Lift Project in Zaans Medical Centre, Netherlands. The new Zaans Medical Centre (ZMC) is an accessible state-of-the-art building, designed to reduce all forms of waste from cost and resources to time and space.

The recently completed Portable Hoist project consisted of 188 Ceiling Track systems and with Monarch Portable Hoist systems to compliment. Working closely with BAM construction, OpeMed and our sister company United Care, worked to complete the project and deliver a highly flexible system. The track is flush mounted into the ceiling and utilised our new Monarch Portable Hoist with telescopic reacher.

OpeMed Complete Ceiling Lift Project in Zaans Medical Centre, Netherlands

Google Photos: Illustrating the Best of OpeMed

Posted on March 10, 2017

Google Photos is a simple website for storing, editing and sharing photos. But it’s also one of the best tools to get more out of imagery.

Working with patient transfer equipment, we have found picture galleries showing our products in situ have been really valuable to our customers. It helps to combat myths that equipment can be intrusive or unattractive when installed. Using this service has been a powerful tool allowing our customers to both gain a greater insight to our product range and allow our Product Specialists to be able to demonstrate some of the complexities with an easy to use gallery.

Google Photos: Illustrating the Best of OpeMed

Twenty Six Rooms For Bariatric Patients At Al Amiri Hospital

Posted on February 1, 2017

OpeMed are excited to announce that our latest project, based in Kuwait, encompassing the installation of the OT400 Bariatric Ceiling Hoist is progressing very smoothly.

Achievable through close communication and continual work with the Architect, Healthcare Planning Team and our Partner in Kuwait, OpeMed have consistently offered expert advice from concept through to installation of this high profile MOH project based in Kuwait City.

Twenty Six Rooms For Al Amiri Hospital Bariatric Patients

Final Chance! Maximise Your OT Show Experience with Live Demonstrations

Posted on November 17, 2016

Final Chance! Maximise Your OT Show Experience with Live Demonstrations

Following the successes of recent years, OpeMed will yet again be exhibiting at the OT show next week – Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th, held at the NEC in Birmingham.

Final Chance! Maximise your OT Show experience with live demonstrations on our stand C40 where we can offer those who are unfamiliar with our equipment the opportunity to see it in action. We will have an OT200 Ceiling Hoist mounted on a functional H-Track system and multi-room gate to demonstrate just how smooth and simple room-to-room transfers can be.


New OpeMed Spreader Bar gives greater lifting height

Posted on October 4, 2016

Our goal is to always ensure we provide the very best products and solutions for transfer and care. In response, we have researched, re-designed and re-engineered the OpeMed Spreader bar that features on the OT200 Ceiling Hoist.

The All NEW OpeMed Spreader Bar

New Removable Ceiling Hoist Puts Patient Care First

Posted on July 26, 2016

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new removable ceiling hoist to the care industry this month, helping to address the need for more cost effective, flexible and modular patient lifting equipment to support patients in care.

The OpeMed OT200R Removable Ceiling Hoist is an updated version of our OT200 model, currently in popular use across the care industry. It offers a simple slide and lock mechanism making it ideal for nursing homes, hospitals and long term care where room requirements may change. Operating as a modular solution where tracks can be installed in every room, the OT200R can be easily re-located, saving time, money and distress for residents.

New Removable Ceiling Hoist Puts Patient Care First

The OpeMed Guide for Architects

Posted on July 23, 2016

The OpeMed Best Practice Guide for Specialist Architect Projects – Saving architects time and questions, with a guide giving explanations to issues often asked during specialist projects.

Projects for residential properties such as care homes, hospitals and long term care facilities, involving the installation of disability equipment, can be fraught with unnecessary complications and time delays if they aren’t planned and designed correctly from the start.

Architects Guide

OpeMed in Royal Company

Posted on July 15, 2016

OpeMed was honoured to be invited to showcase the OT200 Ceiling Hoist at a royal visit to the unique FlatSpaces accessible holiday home.  HRH Princess Alexandra joined OpeMed at the Ropley holiday home, showing support for accessibility and to learn more about the innovative Flat Spaces initiative.


OpeMed Guide: Door Header Detail Made Easy

Posted on April 22, 2016

Detail on door headers when a hoist track is passing from one room to another.
As sling technology has developed more and more users are hoisting from one room to another to save time and reduce risk of injury for the carer and the user. There are several ways of passing through a door with ceiling track. We explain the solutions available: