Opening a new healthcare practice is an exciting time, and whether you are opening one for the first time or simply moving to a new location for an existing practice, it is important to create an efficient workspace that is aesthetically pleasing to your patients yet allows you and your staff to treat them efficiently. These tips can help you design a healthcare layout that will work perfectly for both your staff and your patients.
Start with the room that your patients will see first as first impressions are lasting ones. Keep your patient’s comfort in mind when choosing furniture for your waiting room. Be sure there is a place for them to hang coats and a stand for umbrellas during rainy weather. Choose chairs rather than sofas as patients don’t often like to sit next to each other, especially in a doctor’s office where some patients could be contagious. Select hotel-grade furniture that can resist wear-and-tear, but that provide a comforting, soft feeling so that patients are given a soothing atmosphere. Lighting should be bright enough for reading, but not so bright it seems clinical.
The optimal size for an examination room is 10 by 10 feet. There should be enough space for the doctor, a nurse and a patient, but be sure to allow space for family members as well. Wheelchair accessibility is important in examination rooms also. Choose an examination table or chair that is comfortable and easy to access. For yourself, choose a stool that moves easily and supports your back. Normal kitchen cabinetry is 24-inches deep, so choose medical cabinetry that is slightly smaller than that to minimize the use of floor space. All equipment should be durable and easy to clean both inside and out.
These tips can help you create an efficient, comfortable office space that will make your patients feel comfortable and relaxed while providing you with the equipment you need for your practice. Find out more about quality, durable office furnishings online.