Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust which is one of only four dedicated children’s hospital trusts in the UK and provides integrated healthcare for children and young people, including community and mental health care as well as acute and specialist services.

Sheffield Childrens Hospital
Hospital Redevelopment
Sheffield Childrens Hopsital Ward

Starting position:

There were four electronic, networked access control systems in operation on SCH premises. These were G4s Symmetry which was closed protocol and Paxton Net2 which is open protocol. Users are identified at access points by presenting a token to a reader.

G4s was installed on 139 doors, and Paxton is installed on 116 doors across three individual systems.

All systems are operated by the same HID proximity staff identification cards. Which are controlled from HID with a specific Sheffield Children’s Hospital site code embedded in the 32-bit number string in the card. Each member of staff has an identity card which is given access rights to go through electronic locked doors. The Trust was using Paxton Net2 Professional Version with 3 separate databases.


CCSS submitted a tender for the works where the solution put forward was to remove the 139 G4S door access equipment and replace it with Paxton Net 2 equipment.
The Paxton solution was selected as the preferred solution for three main reasons:

  1. The Trust was already familiar with the equipment and the software.
  2. The Paxton system met all the performance criteria required including the scalability
  3. This route saved the Trust the most money by utilising the existing equipment.

The three databases were cleansed and added to the new equipment and one centralised database created which could be accessed by any authorised user across the trusts network in any of the 12 remote sites offering higher levels of security, functionality and auditability.


An installation plan was agreed working closely with staff at all levels to ensure that work was undertaken with due care and attention to the clinical needs of the departments where the work was taking place. This meant some early starts and late finishes to accommodate the individual needs of each department and ensure installation was carried out with no disruption to the operations of the hospital staff.

Upon undertaking the project additional areas where identified where Paxton’s Net2 Entry system was integrated into the networked solution to offer access control and video door entry in one stylish unit.

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