Category: School Equipment

SurveyPlan – Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care 2018

Posted on August 8, 2018

SurveyPlan – Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care 2018

OpeMed’s SurveyPlan is a floor plan creation app that allows us to create dimensioned floor plans without actively measuring or drawing. With its Augmented Reality technology, we can capture spaces quickly and create simple layout designs to support your project.

Add to that the bank of OpeMed equipment and parts – your OpeMed Product Specialist can plan your Ceiling Hoist and assisted bathroom layouts in a matter of minutes.

SurveyPlan - Demonstrating the Best Solutions for Transfer and Care 2018


Moving the Focus Back onto Learning

Posted on June 26, 2018

Moving the Focus Back onto Learning; The Importance of Hoisting & Specialist Equipment in Schools

It’s that time of year again, the end of the glorious British summertime! Which means, of course, the countdown to a whole year of new students enrolling.

As exciting a time as this is, with new students comes the potential for before un-encountered needs to be met. It is estimated that around 7% of children are disabled and a significant number of children have both Special Educational Needs and a disability. Most children with SEN and disabilities are educated in mainstream schools.

Moving the Focus Back onto Learning


OpeMed Brand New ‘Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places’ Guide

Posted on February 21, 2018

The updated BS8300:2018 is now in place.  The British Standard takes the form of guidance and recommendations, and this particular iteration refers directly to Changing Places toilets and what is required to create a fully compliant facility.

Of course, nobody wants to be caught out where the standard has introduced new changes, but reading through can be a time-consuming process. As Co-Sponsors of the Changing Places campaign, we amalgamated the new BS8300 recommendations with the Changing Places Guide and our knowledge as suppliers and installers to create a new ‘Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places’ Guide.

Design and Approach to Installing Changing Places


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.


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.

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.


OpeMed Release Five Brand New Case Studies

Posted on September 21, 2016

Working with clients across the country, OpeMed provide services to a wide range of institutions. These range from Motorway services, Hospitals, Schools, holiday homes and more, with many facilities requiring bespoke and considered solutions.


OpeMed Explained – Our Solutions for Transfer and Care

Posted on October 23, 2015

OpeMed Explained

We are delighted to release our newest video “OpeMed Explained – Our Solutions for Transfer and Care “.

The video showcases OpeMed’s services and solutions. Follow our expert as he helps OpeMed customers choose the right equipment, ensuring carers can concentrate on giving their clients the care they deserve.


School Hygiene Room Equipment: Our Expertise

Posted on June 30, 2015

Helping Clients Find School Hygiene Room Equipment for Children with Specialist Needs

OpeMed are a leading provider to Schools installing specialist changing and toileting areas for children with disabilities. We provide comprehensive assessments of the user, environment and requirements before any equipment is advised upon in order to guarantee the best option.

We provide a wide range of Transfer & Care Equipment suitable for School hygiene rooms or toilets including Ceiling Hoists, Full Room Covering Ceiling Track, Changing Tables, and Grab Rails.


Specialist Room Designs for Disabled School Children

Posted on July 11, 2014

Designing Facilities for Disabled School Children: Read OpeMed’s White Paper

Designing accessible areas for disabled school children is something that requires the consideration of the needs of the children specifically, as well as this there should be specialist advice given by an occupational therapist or other healthcare professional.


One child in 20 under the age of 16 is disabled. Some 60% of statemented children are now in mainstream schooling. Over 20,000 students have a disability- almost 6% of the student population.Yet according to research by the Bog Standard campaign for better school toilets, 57% of schools surveyed did not have any disabled toilets.


Ceiling Hoist Multi-Room Access

Posted on June 26, 2014

Fitting Ceiling Hoist Multi-Room Access

As part of our unique support offering to customers, we aim to ensure that we can create a practical solution for your ceiling hoist and ceiling tracking in any multi-room environment. Our ceiling hoist solutions are guaranteed to offer our customers increased flexibility, reduced transfers, safety and a smooth ride.

The design team at OpeMed can design multi-room hoisting to suit your project via a number of methods:

– OpeMed can supply and fit portable hoists, transferrable from room to room via simple hook and fixed track

– OpeMed can create ceiling hoist track which traverses through the door header into the en-suite/bedroom using a variety of different methods. The best solution is where the track forms part of the door header, and a taller than normal door is used so when the door is shut there is no gap for light or noise to transfer through from room to room. If this is not possible then a cutout can be made between the top of the door and the ceiling.

– OpeMed can design a gate system which enables multi-room access with no additional transfer required

Room to room hoist system

When a door header cannot be removed our Portable system can transfer under the door header

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If special height doors cannot be used, the other option is for a small opening between the door header and the ceiling

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The ideal solution is for the track to form part of the door header, then when the door is shut there is no light or noise pollution

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If a gap above the standard door is chosen this is often the most cost effective method










New Compact Ceiling Hoist from OpeMed

Posted on June 17, 2014

New Compact Ceiling Hoist – Modern Design 30% Smaller

The New OT200 Compact Ceiling Hoist, uses our unique “Gravity Charging System” and “No-tools emergency lower” that has allowed the OT200 to be the fastest selling Ceiling Hoist in the market.

These proven features are now combined with a new industry leading design that reduces the size of the motor by over 30% and creates a modern and non-obtrusive look.




SEN School Hoist Specialist Equipment

Posted on June 15, 2014

SEN School Hoist Specialist Equipment – Assisted Bathroom & Classrooms

Our technical team worked closely with the main contractor to develop the SEN School’s current hoist moving and handling equipment and provide hoisting and lifting solutions for for the second-phase of a new build SEN school facility.


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Phase-one refurbishment involved re-designing the layout of the existing assisted bathrooms in the school of 3,500sqm and installing Ceiling Hoists on H Systems (or XY Systems).


New build phase-two has been designed to create a facility that is specialised in Special Education Needs with provisions for Autistic Disorder Spectrum throughout. The OT200 Ceiling Hoist




Lift and Lock Changing Table

Posted on May 13, 2014

Commonly installed in multi-user environments, the lift and lock changing table is manually height adjustable and can be stored upright within 180mm of the wall. The changing table can be adjusted to suit different heights of carer and is ideal for transferring onto via overhead hoisting systems, reducing transfers and the risk of secondary or frontline back injury.


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The above images demonstrate the lift and lock changing table in-situ with the guard in the upright and downwards position at a school in Worcestershire. The unit was an ideal solution for the school as it offers a space saving platform for changing children of different sizes and provides a safety guard to prevent more mobile children from climbing out or falling off.

As an alternative and inexpensive option to an electrically operated unit, the lift and lock changing table offers popular features such as incremental lengths of bench from 1200mm to 1900mm, rustproof stainless steel frame, guard and bumper options and a choice of removable mattress.

Riding Schools Using the OT200

Posted on April 16, 2014

Ceiling Hoists (Ot200) are becoming increasingly used within recreational environments such as leisure centres and riding schools. The versatile gravity powered system which re-charges whenever in use has enabled 24/7 lifting and the essential every day running by a busy riding school for example. The hoist has specially fitted dust reducing brushes on the tape as well as extended belt lengths to compensate for different sized horses and riders.

The images below show users of the hoist in a riding school using the Ceiling Hoist in the South of England. All permissions come from Cranleigh RDA Riding School.

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For more information on OpeMed’s range of hoists please contact us directly