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Design Trends for 2022

It is no secret that the healthcare industry have taken an absolute beating over the last two years with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

From extreme staff shortages, density limits and total clinic closures during lock down periods (if emergency services were not on offer) they seem to have had every curve ball possible thrown their way.

 

When it comes to medical centre fit outs we try to create the most calming environment possible but the above roadblocks certainly slowed things down for medical professionals and patients. 

 

However, if we are to take a positive from this global pandemic, it is the fact Australian’s seem to have become a lot more aware of their health and are now taking the steps required to improve their fitness and wellbeing.  

 

This is where you, and your new medical centre fit out, can take centre stage in what is expected to be a competitive time. 

 

With lockdowns in 2022 less likely (fingers crossed) and more people wanting to take advantage of your health services now is the time to offer your potential patients a clean, unique environment that makes them feel comfortable and safe. 

 

We all know that trends come and go but since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen certain things that are likely to become commonplace within medical centre fit outs from here on in. 

Social Distancing

Social distancing has become a very familiar and accepted part of day to day life over the last couple of years. Whether you are attending a medical appointment or a music festival, most people seem to have a better sense of personal space these days (thankfully!).

Although it seemed a bit strange and awkward at the beginning there is a sense of comfort and peace of mind that comes along with social distancing today and therefore it is something that needs to be taken very seriously when it comes to any medical centre fit out.

 

There are many ways to design for social distancing. From signage on the floors and waiting room chairs in order to guide patients on where to stand and sit so they can maintain a distance of 1.5m between them and other patients to reception desk sneeze guards which can be easily installed to keep your staff members safe.

Colour

These days’ patients want to feel like they are being cared for before they even see their medical specialist and therefore it is imperative you set the right tone from the second your patients walk through the front door.

The idea of colour having a positive effect on people’s moods isn’t a new idea but it is still very relevant, especially within medical centre fit outs.

 

When selecting colours for your new clinic the first thing that needs to be addressed is what the spaces are going to be used for and how colour choice can affect those particular areas.

 

For example, if your clinic focuses mainly on children you will want the colours you use to reflect this or if you specialise in something such as psychiatry you may want to focus on calming tones such as blues and greens.

 

Your colour choices should also represent your business and there are many clever ways to incorporate your corporate colours effectively throughout your clinic.

Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design is the connection between the modern built environment and nature.

These days more and more people are looking to get back to nature as a way of reducing stress and increasing happiness.

 

It’s no secret that exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally but can also contribute to physical wellbeing, reduce blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension while also reducing the production of stress hormones.

So how can Biophilic Design be incorporated into a medical centre fit out?

Considering today’s “natural habitat” for most of us is largely the built environment it is important we try to incorporate the aspects of the natural word which have proven to have a positive contribution to human health and productivity.

 

These aspects can be broken up into two categories, the first being direct experience to nature which come in the form of things like air, light, live plants, water and even animals.

The second is indirect experience of nature including natural materials, images of nature, mobility and way finding, the simulation of natural air and light and naturalistic shapes and forms.

 

We all know design trends come and go and when you are investing in a property that you plan to run your business from for years to come of course you need to be careful that you aren’t designing for the short term.

The last thing you want to do is invest in a trend that has a short lifespan and needs upgrading regularly.

 

By designing for function not just good aesthetics you are showing your patients care and comfort from the moment they walk into your clinic.

Design for the Mind

 

The construction of your Psychology practice is a lot more in depth than just creating a nice waiting area and comfortable consulting rooms for your patients.

 

In sensitive medical environments, such as psychology clinics, certain things need to be taken into consideration in order to make sure each and every patient has the most positive experience possible.

 

Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference.

Take parking for example. Parking can be stressful for some people especially if your clinic is situated in a location that is known for lack of it.

 

Although we realise it isn’t always possible to have ample private parking on site there are other alternatives. Choosing your location carefully to try and incorporate public parking that can be utilised by your patients and/or the ability to walk easily to and from public transport can make a big difference.

 

Now that your patient has arrived, you need to ensure they get a warm welcome.

 

The welcome someone gets when they enter your psychology clinic is very important and it is imperative your patients know exactly where they need to go from the moment they walk in the front door.

 

Where possible within the design of your psychology practice construction you should locate your reception desk as close to the entry as you can so there is a direct go to point for any new patients. If this is not possible and patients need to navigate corridors in order to find your consulting suites clear signage is a must.

 

Once patients have been registered and are waiting for their appointment to commence they will want to be within a comfortable, inviting and safe space. There are a few easy ways to achieve this.

Something as simple as colourful artwork and tranquil music can be a welcome distraction for patients who may be feeling anxious or stressed while they wait, as can access to reading material based around your services. By providing patients, especially new ones, with brochures on what you do it can put some minds at ease as you are giving them almost a heads up of what to expect in their initial appointment.

 

When it comes to comfort, safety (not only for your patients but also for you and your staff) is crucial. In the instance a patient may become frustrated or aggressive you need to make sure everyone around them is as safe as possible.

Not only is this important in the waiting area but also in any consulting suites.

 

The right furniture is key and it is advisable that when it comes to things like coffee tables, the heavier the better in order to prevent anyone picking them up.

 

This also goes for seating. On the one hand you don’t want your patients chair to be so heavy they can’t move it around themselves in order to get comfortable but you also don’t want to provide something that can be lifted and potentially thrown easily.

 

Selecting seating with a sled base instead of legs is the first thing that you should consider when choosing seating for both waiting areas and consultation rooms and in some instances even the type of upholstery used may need to be altered to suit. Selecting soft furnishings are great for comfort but you also want to make sure they have been upholstered in a way that all seams are hidden and therefore patients do not have a chance to pick out any staples.

 

The above aspects can be carried on into your consulting rooms but there are a couple of additional things you may want to consider when locking in the floor pans of your psychology practice construction.

 

We always recommend the use of a duress system for any doctor who is going to be working alone with patients at any time.

There are a few different options when it comes to duress systems. Buttons can be installed at each desk for discreet activation or fobs/ pendants can be worn. This is simply piece of mind for staff members should a patient become aggressive during their appointment.

 

We believe it is especially important in an environment that uses ample acoustics. Just as we want patients to feel assured their conversations aren’t being heard by anyone outside we also want staff to feel safe in their own consultation room and that help will be available quickly should they ever need it.

 

The last thing we like to ensure is a part of any psychology practice construction is the installation of adjustable lighting. Some patients may like a light bright room, something that can also be achieved with natural light utilising windows (or skylights where windows are not available), whereas some may like the lights to be dimmed in order to create a peaceful atmosphere during their appointment.

 

As you can see these simple things can easily be included into your psychology practice construction, and by including them you are showing not only patients, but your staff that you are willing to take the extra step in order to give them the most positive experience possible.

Design Concepts to Consider

When it comes to smart medical centre design there are many things that can contribute in creating the perfect environment, not only for your patients, but also for anyone that may be accompanying your patients, your staff and of course you. This is where appointing an experienced healthcare interior design firm is invaluable.

 

We talk about comfort a lot in our blogs simply because it is so important in any medical environment and needs to be taken into very careful consideration.

 

As a healthcare interior design firm it is our job to make sure your clinic, which can be quite a stressful environment for some, is set up in order to make your patients and staff members feel as relaxed as possible from the moment they arrive.

 

Envisage happy staff working seamlessly due to good layout and relaxed patients made to feel this way from the moment they walk in your front door thanks to a warm and inviting welcome. It may not be obvious but design plays a huge part in this.

here are our 5 concepts that are a must-do in any medical centre design.

Design for Comfort

Comfortable seating to suit different bodies and age groups as well as accessible amenities are just a given in any medical centre design.

Some people may not like asking where toilets are, or for a drink of water while they wait so by having these things easily accessible with the use of clear signage to amenities and refresh stations (filtered water) in the waiting area you are creating one less stress during their visit.

 

Safety is also a form of comfort for staff members. Utilise your healthcare interior design firm’s knowledge when it comes to smart layouts. Something as simple as  having the public amenities within view of reception may not seem like a big deal but can make a big impact on staff. Not only can they see who is coming and going (without having to worry about patients wandering out of site and possibly into rooms they shouldn’t be in), if patients can see where the amenities are clearly it is one less question they have to ask.

Design for your Staff

In order for staff to work seamlessly (well as seamlessly as possible in a busy medical environment) it is essential you have their work areas set up properly.

 

We encourage all clients who are setting up a new medical clinic to involve their staff members when it comes to the layout and design of certain areas. Although you may think the printer looks better in a certain spot of the reception desk it could be totally unworkable for someone trying to help numerous people during busy times.

 

Take the time to show staff your proposed plans and ask for input. Of course it is impossible to keep everyone happy and there will most likely be someone that doesn’t like the colour of the chairs being used in the kitchen but for layout purposes it can not only make a huge difference but also shows your staff you are willing to listen to what it is they need in order to make their job easier.

Design for Compliance

DDA compliance (Disability Discrimination Act) ensures equal access and opportunity within your clinic for anyone with a disability and should be an imperative part of any healthcare interior design brief.

 

Not only do you need to ensure you are designing for easy access and movement for patients but also for staff members. Access for the disabled should not stop anyone from doing a job they are completely capable of doing and therefore with the addition of ramps, disabled amenities and lift access where required you are ensuring access and inclusion for everyone.

Design for the Environment

Going green isn’t anything new in the medical or commercial construction world but it doesn’t mean it isn’t still essential.

 

There are plenty of ways you can build green, such as using insulation and utilising natural light in order to cut down on electricity and selecting environmentally sustainable fabrics and flooring (there are a range of amazing suppliers out there doing incredible things for the environment) just to name a few.

 

Another option when it comes to designing your new medical clinic from scratch is using Passive House Design. You can find all the information you need in our previous blog ‘Have you Heard of Passive House Design?’ (https://clinicsbydesign.com.au/blog/have-you-heard-of-passive-house-design/) or by calling us to speak to our in-house passive house specialist Kostas Stefanidis.

Design for Tomorrow

These days it seems like technology is constantly changing so it important to set your space up with the ability to accommodate any changes you might encounter in the future.

Whether it is administration software or treatment room  equipment it is a smart move to be ready.

This can be done through electrical works, joinery and even creating additional storage spaces that can easily be converted into consultation rooms down the track if space permits.

 

Of course there are more than 5 concepts when it comes to good medical centre design but these are a fantastic starting point and great way to start the conversation with your design and construct company to ensure you are on track to get the perfect practice for you, your staff and patients.

Good Design Isn’t Only Physical


When establishing your new dental clinic the comfort of your patients should come first and foremost.

Comfort can come in many different forms and while your selected dental practice designer will ensure your new clinic showcases the aesthetic you want and will also create the perfect atmosphere, the comfort you provide to your patients needs to start prior to walking through the door.

When you think about how you would approach booking an appointment with a new dentist, or any other medical professional for that matter, what is the first thing you would do?

The most convenient way to find new medical providers these days is to jump online and have a look at who is in your area, what kind of website they have and to maybe check out any reviews other locals have left.

Given this is how most people will choose their dentist you need to make sure you are getting in front of your preferred market before someone else does. And this is where an experienced dental practice website designer can be invaluable.

Not only will they be able to bring their previous experience to the table but they might have some ideas on what does and doesn’t work when trying to attract traffic that you may not have even thought of.

A dental practice website designer will get you to think about what kind of clientele you are trying to attract and what they might find helpful and/or attractive when it comes to website design and navigation.

You want to make the process of booking at appointment or searching the services you provide as easy as possible, especially if you are dealing with people that may be trying to do more than one thing at a time (think mums or dads booking kids appointments) or the elderly who may not be as computer savvy as others.

In these cases it is important that your website is easy to use and everything is clear. Something as simple as putting a large ‘Book Now’ or ‘Get A Quote’ button on the first page can make some people’s lives a lot easier and save a lot of navigating time.

Already you are making your patients life a little easier and therefore they will be coming to your clinic with a positive attitude and the expectation that your staff and service will be the same.

Think about it like a building site. When you walk past a new building site and it is clean and tidy you automatically think the builder working there must take pride in their work and will therefore create a quality building, whereas if you walk past a building site that is covered in rubbish and left untidy at the end of each day it does put some doubt in your head that the quality of work must not be 100% (whether thats the case or not!)

Remember that comfort prior to walking through the door is what will get them (and others) through the door.

How Social Distancing Has Impacted Today’s Design

 

Who would have thought back at the beginning of 2020 that we were soon to be thrown into a global pandemic.

Our worlds have definitely been thrown upside down and things that were completely foreign to most of us (especially here in Australia) such as wearing masks to the supermarket (and even while exercising outside) and social distancing have become a little too familiar and part of our daily routine. As we hear ourselves mutter keys, wallet, phone, mask each time we walk out the front door it is clear this is life for the time being.

 

So how has this pandemic changed the way we design for medical environments?

Design within the medical industry, especially within clinical waiting rooms, has definitely changed in the last 18 months. There was a time when we would see clinics trying to fit in as many waiting room chairs as possible but now with the introduction of mandatory social distancing the design of these spaces need to evolve to suit our new way of life.

Whether you have a small general practice, or are running a busy hospital, social distancing in order to reduce the spread of infection is going to be one of your main priorities.

 

Not only does social distancing work but it brings a sense of security and piece of mind when a patient walks into your clinic waiting room or hospital foyer to see that proper precautions have been put in place in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.

There are a number of ways you can ensure social distancing and good hygiene is happening within your clinic.

Signage – Clear signage can play a bigger role when it comes to social distancing than you might think.

 

When patients walk into your clinic’s waiting room the first thing they will instinctively do is head for the first reception desk they see. In a smaller clinic environment this is absolutely fine (and encouraged), but if you have multiple areas (all with their own reception) clear signage can reduce the risk of unnecessary congestion in the one area.

 

Screens   One of your main priorities when it comes to your clinic’s waiting room is the health and safety of your staff. As your receptionists are dealing with patients face to face for up to 8 hours a day the installation of sneeze guards can provide a protective barrier, creating peace of mind for both staff and patients.

 

Furniture  The days of sitting on a couch next to another patient are a thing of the past (and I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing!).

 

These days people want to feel comfortable sitting down in the waiting room with space between them and the next person.

 

Of course this means less patients per area but it also means you can get creative with some bigger furniture pieces to really give your reception/ clinic waiting room that special feel.

 

Medical Grade Upholstery – Although it may cost a bit more to have your furniture upholstered in medical grade fabric and/or vinyl it is well worth the investment.

Not only are you safe-guarding your staff and patients from the transmission of germs that may end up on your clinic’s waiting room seating but you are also purchasing a durable material for your furniture that will last much longer than your run of the mill fabrics.

 

Outdoor Space  Utilising unused outdoor spaces can make a huge difference to both staff and patients who are able to move around the facility.

Rooms with balconies where possible can make a huge difference in someones stay, especially if they are restricted to one room.

 

Landscape gardening in spaces that otherwise don’t get much use can also be beneficial to the recovery of patients by giving them somewhere to go for a walk.

 

When it comes to clinic and waiting room design not only do we need to be thinking about the current situation but what could potentially come in the future and the design we use to today needs to have the ability to adapt.

Keeping Everyone Comfy


A comfortable design is imperative in any medical environment, including your new veterinary practice. 

Vet clinics can be stressful places, not only for animals but also for owners, so it is extremely important to try and create a warm and welcoming space for everyone walking through your front door. 

Animal hospital/ clinic furniture has certain differences to general medical furniture. In a place where ‘spills’ are commonplace you need to furnish in order to keep your space hygienic and comfortable for owners and their pets.

No-one wants to walk into a veterinary waiting room that is loud, smelly and decorated with chairs showing rust due to a few ‘nervous wee’s’ over the years. This kind of welcome can be very off-putting and turn people away which also means running the risk of no word of mouth recommendations. 

How your patients and their humans feel when they walk into your clinic sets the mood for the entire appointment. If someone feels uncomfortable and has to wait for an extended period of time to be attended to their mood might be very different if they were to walk into a warm, welcoming space where staff members are on hand to help. 

If you have a pet of your own you will know they are more like family members than pets. And because of this owners want to see a clean clinic in which they feel their pet is going to get the best care possible. 

Your waiting area and animal hospital/ clinic furniture should be designed not only for sick or injured pets but also for their owners.

Think about things such as the floorplan of your waiting area and how you can utilise the space you have in order to create a calming environment. 

Something such as separating this area into two sections where cats can congregate on one side and dogs on the other can make a huge difference to your clinics atmosphere and also opens up the opportunity for targeted retail areas. If you are a dog owner you probably aren’t going to be comfortable walking through a group of cats with your pup in order to have a look at the dog food but are more likely to browse if it is right next to you and easily accessible.

Not only do you want the animals to be comfortable but it is also important to make their humans comfortable by providing privacy. 

Some people may not like filling out personal information or making payments right in front of everyone else waiting at reception after an appointment, therefore it is a good idea to incorporate semi-private areas into your animal hospital/ clinic furniture and/or at your reception desk where possible. It is also a good idea to make sure these areas are a decent distance away from the busiest parts of your reception counter. 

A feeling of privacy can be achieved easily with smart joinery design and can incorporated into your reception desk neatly. 

Staff members also need to be taken into careful consideration when it comes to comfort. Making sure you are giving them the perfect working environment will ensure they can go about their daily tasks with minimal disruption creating a smooth workflow and increased efficiency. 

Happy staff is also extremely important for patients. Flustered looking staff can lead to flustered patients. Its a knock on effect, therefore by giving your staff members the right animal hospital/ clinic furniture from the beginning  will go far when it comes to creating the calm and inviting environment you want for your veterinary clinic. 

Have you Heard of Passive House Design?

 

 

Clinics by Design are proud to be the first Australian company to provide Passive House design and construction services for the Healthcare industry.

So what is Passive House design and how can it benefit you?

The concept of Passive House design originated in Europe around 30 years ago and is based around the idea that adopting a few key design principals can enable the construction of buildings, both residential and commercial, with healthy and dry indoor spaces that require little to no heating or cooling.

 

Passive House design has been adapted to suit different climates, which is perfect for Australia. In a country where our heating and cooling requirements change from state to state, due to severe differences in temperature depending on where you are, it is helpful to have the one system that can adapt and function in all climates.

The way Passive House design in achieved to its full potential is by following the five principals of Passive house:

1. Airtightness – This is the first principal used to achieve energy efficiency and involves the construction of a highly insulated floor slab, windows, exterior walls and roof. Although this can be seen as a challenge within the Australian medical environment in which we have automatic doors and promote open windows where possible in order to create a better atmosphere for patients, it doesn’t mean your clinic will be constructed as an air tight box. The difference is that when these windows and doors are closed there is absolutely no gap for cold or warm air to escape, therefore maintaining an ambient and comfortable environment.

 

2.Thermal Insulation – Proper thermal insulation is essential in Passive House design. Not only does thick and continuous insulation provide the crucial thermal separation between the heated or cooled inside environment and the outdoors but it also improves thermal comfort by reducing the risk of condensation.

 

3.Thermal Bridge Free Construction – As mentioned above thermal insulation is only beneficial if it is continuous. Continuous insulation means keeping unnecessary penetrations through the insulation to a minimum. Where penetrations are unavoidable low or non-conducting materials should be used. This avoids thermal bridges in which heat can escape and reduces the risk of condensation.

 

4.Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery – or MVHR is the process of improving indoor air quality without having to open windows or doors in order to get fresh air into the building. This doesn’t mean windows and doors can’t be opened, it means they don’t NEED to be opened to ensure your clinic has fresh air quality. This is something that can be beneficial within environments that are dealing with skin or more serious medical conditions and therefore want to keep the building free from outdoor pollutants where possible. Not only do MVHR systems help to clean the air from pollution and contribute in regulating humidity they also recover warm and cool air which would otherwise go to waste.

 

5.High Performance Windows – The correct windows play a huge role in Passive House design. By installing airtight, double or triple glazed windows throughout your clinic it will allow for solar radiation to warm up the interiors in winter but minimise the radiation in summer.

 

Passive House design offers a realistic, cost effective solution for an economical building. It provides a high level of comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling.

 

In an age where energy prices are steadily growing and global warming is a considerable issue Passive House design is the logical way forward in Australian healthcare.

 

Buildings that implement the Passive House design principals use approximately 80% less energy than buildings of equivalent size while providing superior air quality and comfort, two extremely important factors in any healthcare setting.

 

If you would like to learn more about Passive House design and how it can benefit your next medical construction additional information can be found at www.nzeb.com.au or talk to our in-house Passive House Designer Kostas Stefanidis.

 

The Design of Physiotherapy

Allied services each have their own set of requirements when it comes to clinic design due to the difference patients and services they need to cater for.

For example, when it comes to Physiotherapy clinic design we need to establish which type of services you would like to offer your patients before settling on a tenancy.

Will you be offering any of the following and if so what does that mean for not only the size of tenancy you are looking at but also the location?

ACCESS:

Good access is imperative when it comes to physiotherapy clinic design.

 

We need to ensure that there is easy access to your clinic no matter what your patient’s injury is.

If you are looking at a tenancy that is located on the ground floor you will need to make sure it either has an existing external  ramp or enough space to accommodate one for easy access into the building. It is a good idea to get yourself familiar with the commercial ramp guidelines in order to get a good understanding of just how much space you will need for this.

 

If the tenancy you are considering is on any level above the ground floor not only will there need to be lift access but also external ramp access up to that lift.

Once patients are inside your clinic you will need to make sure all consultation rooms, treatment areas and amenities are easily accessible and if you are not located within a building that already has disabled amenities you will need to accommodate for this within your physiotherapy clinic design.

 

FURNITURE:

Although loose furniture may not seem like a vital part of your new clinic fit out it is still important that you get it right.

 

Patients with different injuries and needs will be comfortable in different types of seating.

Where possible be sure to offer a mix of seating that incorporates arms for patients that may be unable to stand up easily on their own and no arms for the comfort of other patients.

 

Many furniture suppliers are able to provide chairs with the option of arms or no arms therefore making it easy to match the look throughout your clinic while giving your patients the benefit of choice depending on which they are more comfortable in.

 

LOCATION:

If you are offering hydrotherapy services to your patients you will need to make the decision on whether you will be offering this in house or in a local pool.

 

If you are leaning towards using a local pool you will want to make sure your clinic is located close by so patients do not have too far to travel.

 

Keep in mind there is a big chance a lot of your patients come to your clinic because you are local to them, so keeping any additional services local will make a big difference.

If you are hoping to hold this service in house however, you will need to consider the size of the tenancy and how much space you will need.

 

SIZE:

The size of your tenancy will depend on the services you would like to offer patients. And a couple of popular services such as the following can take up quite a bit of space.

 

Are you hoping to hold hydrotherapy in house? If so you will need to make sure there is enough room for an indoor pool area, and more importantly whether an indoor pool is possible within the tenancy you are considering.

 

Will you be holding mums and bubs classes? If so these rooms will need to be larger than a usual consultation/ treatment room in order to accommodate multiple participants along with enough space for babies to join in.

 

Will you be offering vibration therapy? If so you will need to know from the beginning which size machine you would like to purchase and whether you are going to dedicate a room to this completely or whether this will be something that can be stored in a consultation room and only used sporadically.

 

By adapting your physiotherapy clinic design to suit your patients needs from the moment they walk in the door you are showing care and forward thinking which will help with repeat patients and good recommendations.

As a complete design and construct solution for medical and dental clinics we constantly get asked about car parking and your legal requirements.

Time to Upgrade!

 

So the time has come for an upgrade to your existing clinic, or you have made the decision to build a brand new practice. Congratulations! 

 

This is an extremely exciting time, but before we get caught up in what colour the floors are going to be or the style of visitor chairs you want in your waiting room (which don’t get me wrong, are equally as important) you need to make sure you are getting the right general practice clinic design done by a medical professional in order to make sure that not only are you getting the perfect practice to suit you, your staff and patients, now and in the future, but a general practice clinic design that meets all current codes and standards in order to pass a final inspection. 

Some important things that need to be discussed during the design process in order to ensure your clinic is going to meet all codes and standards are:

Body Protection

Simply put, body protection means that every power point in your practice is protected by a safety switch therefore protecting patients if they need to be treated with equipment that is plugged into the wall.

 

These safety switches are particularly sensitive to earth leakage currants, a lot more sensitive than those in a residential or office setting, therefore protecting you, your staff and your patients from any chance of an electrical shock while treatment is taking place.

 

The main thing to take from this is not all existing tenancies are body protected, especially older buildings or buildings that were previously used for a purpose other than medical. This is something that needs to be checked when moving into or purchasing a tenancy and needs to be upgraded when any electrical works take place.

DDA compliance

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) states:

‘Where a physical feature (for example, one arising from the design or construction of a building or the approach or access to premises) makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for disabled persons to make use of such a service, it is the duty of the provider of that service to take such steps as it is reasonable, in all the circumstances of the case, for him to have to take in order to :- Remove the feature, Alter it so that is no longer has that effect, Provide a reasonable means of avoiding the feature; or, Provide reasonable alternative method of making the service in question available to disabled persons’

Essentially everything needs to be accessible to every disabled patient, visitor or staff member visiting your practice. This is why it is extremely important that you appoint a Fitout company or builder that has the relevant medical experience when going ahead with your general practice clinic design.

There are many things that need to be thought out when designing your floor plan, from the amount of amenities required to the size of the rooms, in order to comply with DDA standards. All of these things need to be taken into consideration and designed correctly from the beginning to reduce the risk of expensive changes occurring once construction or refurbishment has commenced.

Social distancing

2020 has brought the new (and unwanted) craze of social distancing. Now whenever we visit the dentist, doctor or even supermarket we are required to stand 1.5m apart from the people around us and hand sanitisation is no longer an option.

We don’t know how long this virus is going to be an issue for so it is important that social distancing is part of your new general practice clinic design.

Whether you want to set something up temporarily, such as sneeze guards at reception that can be removed without too much disruption to joinery, or you are looking for something a little more permanent in order to reduce the risk of viruses spreading within your practice in the future it is important to make the time to go through all the available options to find what will be right for you, your staff and your patients.

These are only a few things that need to be taken into consideration when envisaging a new general practice clinic design and as you can see it is of the upmost importance to make sure you are dealing with a construction and/or Fitout company who have the experience and knowledge that goes with creating a modern, functional and up to code medical facility.

Roughing It


In a world where technology reins supreme it can be exciting to see raw, natural elements being utilised indoors as a main interior feature. 

Slick is definitely the word when it comes to the devises we rely so heavily on in order to perform our daly tasks.
 

This article by Yellowtrace showcases some extremely beautiful ‘cave like’ interiors 

https://www.yellowtrace.com.au/meet-the-flintstones-contemporary-cave-like-interiors/


Article by Yellowtrace

Photo by Fran Parente