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These days we are all focused on health. 

With the current pandemic entering its third year we are seeing a major shift in people taking an interest in their own health and making sure they attend appointment and plan health checks they may have looked over in the past. 

Keeping this in mind it is important that we include a feeling of good health within our medical clinic interior design as much as possible. At the end of the day there is nothing worse than walking into a medical environment that doesn’t look clean. 

So how can we design for health? 

Three things that will ensure a clean working environment include (but are certainly not limited to): 

Separating Clean from Dirty 

When it comes to your sterilisation area it is imperative there is no opportunity for error to take place when dealing with clean and dirty instruments. 

Ensure your sterilisation room is clearly marked out with the clean and dirty areas. 

One way that this can be incorporated into your medical clinic interior design is with lighting, by installing green and red strip lighting within your joinery you are giving clear instruction on which side of the sterilisation room if for dirty items and which is for clean. 

Design for Easy Cleaning 

When specifying materials within your clinic it is a good idea to make sure you are using finishes that are easy to clean. Given the type of environment and potential for ‘spills’ you want to make sure any accidents can be cleaned up quickly and easily. 

Items such as upholstery, flooring, wall coverings and joinery can all be specified within your medical clinic interior design package with health grade finishes or installed in a way that can be replaced without causing too much of an interruption to the daily running of your clinic.

Create a Clean Environment 

Simple things such as, de-cluttering, good hygiene management and the proper handling of hazardous materials can help to create a safe environment for everyone under your roof. 

By ensuring you have clear pathways for both staff and patients you are reducing the risk of trips and falls, one of the most common injuries in the workplace. 

By providing proper hygiene management in the way of access to hand sanitiser, signage in order to encourage social distancing and additional items such as sneeze guards on reception desks you are helping to protect both staff members and patients from the transmission of viruses. 

Lastly, the proper handling of hazardous materials is imperative. Ensure you have based your medical clinic interior design around having locks on doors to not only rooms but also joinery that is for staff access only. Having any type of drug end up in the hands of the wrong person, whether it is an adult or child, can have terrible consequences. 

Of course these three concepts aren’t the only things that need to be considered when designing your own healthy medical clinic but it a good place to start.