When it comes to medical office design there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.
First and foremost you need to make sure you are heading in the right direction when it comes to regulations, suitability and convenience.
Location. This is one of the fist things that need to be considered for any new medical practice. One very important thing to make sure of before getting your heart set on one particular site is whether it is zoned for medical and is in fact suitable for you.
Research the area, not only do you want to make sure you aren’t setting up next door to an established competitor but you also need to take some other things into consideration like parking, is there on site parking available or suitable parking close by? If not is there adequate public transport for easy patient access?
Budget. This is another important aspect that can effect your overall medical office design.
A wish list is the perfect way to establish what you want and which items can be removed should the budget not allow for them. Write down everything your perfect practice would include.
Bear in mind that needs and wants are very different things. Think about which items are absolutely necessary i.e. certain medical equipment, joinery, services (plumbing, electrical, mechanical) etc and then make a list of the items that you could potentially go without, even if it is just for the short term while you get yourself established, like a certain brand of waiting chair, artwork or feature lighting that can be installed at a later date.
Research. When it comes to good medical office design research is imperative. Make sure you are talking to the right fit out company for you, someone that knows everything that needs to be taken into consideration in order to pass the required legal standards and current codes.
It’s one thing to have a beautifully designed medical office but its another to have a beautifully designed medical office that is also functional to DDA requirements. From the space that needs to be available behind doors, to amenities requirements it is imperative you are across all aspects of DDA compliance before deciding on the final floor plan/ design of your new medical practice.
Comfort. One thing we know when it comes to medical office design is that comfort is key. Medical environments are not always the most enjoyable places to visit and a trip to the doctor or dentist can come along with its own sense of anxiety. By making your medical office comfortable you are showing your patients you care. Small additions to your waiting areas such as seperate children’s areas, phone/ laptop charging stations and up to date reading material (I don’t know about you but the September 1984 issue of Vogue doesn’t bring much interest, and how many people have touched this magazine??) show a sense of understanding and can help put your patients at ease.
The small details can make all the difference when it comes to professional medical office design. Thats where our specialists can help in order to bring your perfect practice to life.