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Helpful Tips To Save On Your Medical Clinic Fitout

One of the most important elements of designing and managing your new medical centre design is working with your budget. It can be tempting to go all in to ensure you make a great impact on your clients, but there are many ways to impress while still saving on the costs.

Tips for Saving Money While Planning a Medical Clinic Fitout

Before you can even start thinking about the design of your space and how you want your clinic to look you will need to consider the following to ensure you get the best value from your money.

1. Know Your Requirement For The Space

When considering medical centre design, prioritise your needs within the space based on your specific business and size available to you.

 

Stick to the basics when planning – you don’t need every equipment option on the market. Make these choices around what you know is necessary for your current status and into the near future. Why pay too much money upfront when you can refurbish your space as required gradually?

2. Understand Functionality Within The Space

Good design does not only take into account the items within the space, but also how people will move through it. Planning for an appropriate number of staff and clients is crucial. Poor management of this can lead to headaches later down the line and can cost you a pretty penny should you need to redesign these areas.

3. Consider Location

A prime location can ensure the success of your business, not just for getting clients through the door but also to allow for expansion should it be appropriate. Failing to plan for how your location will affect business can lead to costly problems in the future. By ensuring you’re in an ideal location, you can save on having to relocate or refit.

4. Work With The Right People

The most key part to getting the best out of your budget is to work with the professionals. Ensuring that your builder is experienced in medical construction will save you from any unnecessary and expensive issues that can arise as a result of inexperience in this field.

 

At Clinics by Design we take pride in our knowledge and experience in the medical industry. With more than 30 years of experience, we know what to be on the look out for and how to handle any problems that can occur during the process of medical centre designs. By choosing to work with industry professionals you are potentially protecting yourself from any unforeseen costs and gaining advice while planning for your fit out.

 

These are only a few of the key ways to save during planning for your medical centre design. As you can see, working closely with a team experienced in this field and considering these pieces of advice can give you best chance at getting the most bang for your buck.

The Real Cost of a Medical Fitout

A question we get asked a lot by potential clients is “What does a medical centre fit out actually cost?”. 

Unfortunately it isn’t a straight forward answer, and even though we can give ball park figures in order to help give you an idea of what you might be up for, the final cost of your medical centre fit out will depend on a few factors. 

1. Are you going from Residential to Commercial?

One popular misconception when it comes to medical centre fit outs and their cost is that it is an easy transition between residential and commercial.

 

There are actually many factors that come into play in order to gain council approval when opening a medical facility within a residential area and therefore it is definitely worth investing some time with a medical fit out specialist to go through the pros and cons of the area you may been looking to purchase in.

 

Not only can council reject any plans to turn a residential premises into a medical facility but there is also the factor of neighbours that can also put up a fight in order to prevent clinics opening next door.

2. How old is your building?

The age of your current tenancy, or building you are looking to purchase, can make a big difference when it comes to the amount of time and money you will need to invest into it.

 

For example we come across a lot of old clinics that are not up to date with the current body protection standards and therefore a complete overhaul of the electrical services will need to take place in order for a new clinic to open.

 

These kinds of things can be a surprise cost if it isn’t something you are aware of when looking at potential properties or clinics.

3.What kind of modifications would you like to do?

What you want to do with your medical centre fit out makes all the difference when it comes to final costings.

 

Take for example something as simple as your reception desk. Although this may seem like a straight forward item the cost difference between a laminate reception desk and a statement piece made from stone can be quite considerable.

 

It is very important to understand the cost differences in materials and finishes when going through this stage of your medical centre fit out design.

 

As a very rough estimate you can base costing on the below. (remember these are very much ballpark figures and the final costing will depend on the factors discussed in this blog)

$1,700 per m2 for a Warm Shell Fit Out (warm shell is a tenancy that has been fitted out with basic services such as ceilings, lighting, plumbing and HVAC)

 

$2,000 – $2,500 per m2 for a Complex/ Specialist fit out

 

$2,500 – $3,000 per m2 for a Cold Shell Fit Out (cold shell is a tenancy with no services)

 

Getting the right advice about the real costs of your medical centre fit out is imperative in order to reduce the risk of any nasty surprises down the track and nothing can compare to speaking directly with a medical fit out specialist.

Three Concepts for Good Medical Interior Design

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.

The Medical Fitout Process

A good medical fit out incorporates a lot of different elements in order to suit each clinics needs and therefore it is important to go through the correct design process for each element on your clinic. 

1.Choosing the Right Location

Getting your location right from the beginning is extremely important.

Just as there are certain things around your location that are sure to help your business grow there are others that may have a negative impact on your clinic and therefore you will want to stay away from these things if possible.

 

Things such as ample available parking, public transport and shared amenities are things that can be a huge benefit to your clinic whereas competitors who already have a strong presence within the community will not benefit you at all (especially if you are starting from scratch and need to get your foot in door with new patients).

2.Getting to Know You

Good branding is an important part of any medical fit out, and seeing as it is one of the first things that current and potential patients see you need to make sure you are sending the right message to the clientele you wish to attract.

 

Through good branding you can illustrate the warm, comforting environment you offer inside your clinic and therefore draw patients in other than having them walk past without even noticing you, or worse, walking in the opposite direction.

3.A Warm Welcome

Make sure your entry, reception and waiting areas are warm and welcoming.

For certain patients waiting can sometimes be just as stressful as the appointment itself, therefore it is important to try and make everyone feel as comfortable as possible from the moment they walk in the door.

 

Utilising ‘warm’ materials such as timber and soft furnishings can evoke a sense of comfort and additions like music and artwork can provide welcome distractions.

 

Other items you may want to consider, depending on the type of clinic you are running, is informative information on the services you provide. You may find that having some reading material on hand could help patients in understanding the procedure(s) they are about to undertake giving them some sort of comfort.

 

Phone/ laptop charging stations can also be a welcome comfort to some patients by enabling them to charge their phone or do some work while they wait. Although it may seem like a small luxury to you as a business owner, it can make a big difference to their visit.

 

These little things are a simple way of bringing a lot of comfort into your medical fit out and will not go unnoticed.

4.Helping Everyone Find Their Way

When a patient or patient’s family member turns up to your clinic for the first time the last thing they want to do is have to worry about finding someone in order to ask directions.

 

By placing your reception desk as close to the entrance of your clinic as possible you are already giving new patients a direct go-to point when they walk in.

 

As well as this you want to make sure any signage you have on display is clear and simple. Although it might seem like a good idea to have signs pointing in every direction this can actually cause more confusion for some people.

 

Simple, clear signage is a great start to making any new patient feel at ease and comfortable from the moment they walk through your door.

5.Colour Selection

Choosing the right colours within your medical fit out can make a big impact. Shades of blue and green are highly recommended in a medical environment as they can create a sense of calm, whereas bold colours such as reds and oranges can sometimes create a sense of anxiety, the opposite feeling you are trying to invoke within patients.

 

Areas such as waiting rooms, consultation rooms and even staff areas can benefit in the addition of some extra colour in order to create some sense of relaxation in what can be a generally hectic atmosphere.

6.Furniture

Furniture selection within your clinic is more important than you may initially think.

 

The type of patients you have coming to your clinic can play a big role in the seating options you will need to consider not only for your waiting areas but consultation rooms also.

 

For example if your patients are more or less all injured in some way or the majority of patients you have coming in are elderly you might want to consider having arms on all of your waiting and visitor chairs in order to make it easier for them to stand up once they have been sitting for awhile, or if you have a mix of patients coming in and out you will want to provide a mix of seating options. 

 

Chair bases and the way your chairs are upholstered are also an important part of your furniture selection especially if in an environment in which patients could potentially start acting difficult or irrational during their wait and/or appointment.

 

The last thing we want is for any seating to be used as a weapon, therefore by selecting sled bases as opposed to 4-leg bases and upholstery that can not be unpicked in order to gain access to staples or nails is extremely important for the safety of your staff and other waiting patients.

7.Drop-Off and Parking

Parking can be stressful for some people, especially if it is the first time they are visiting a certain place or if they have an injury that doesn’t allow them to walk long distances, therefore the more adequate parking available to patients the better.

 

Although we know it isn’t always possible to have a huge carpark on site there are other ways to obtain additional parking in the way of location.

 

Being close by to public parking that patients can utilise is a huge benefit and will give patients the piece of mind that when they come to your clinic they will not be spending half an hour trying to find a car spot, thus reducing anxiety in a time that can already be quite stressful.

 

Another option is to consider locations that are in close proximity to public transport. Again, this gives patients one less thing to worry about if they can catch a train or bus to your door this can be a much better option for some.

8.Healthy Building

Medical environments are a place of healing and so it is only fair that the building itself should promote and to a point, be healthy itself.

 

Good strategies for a healthy building include clean and filtered air, the use of Red List-free materials, outdoor access where possible and live plants throughout waiting and reception areas.

 

If you want to go a step further, elements such as excess heat, rain and wind can also be captured, stored and used within your facility.

9.Personalisation

Giving your patients the opportunity to customise their visit even in the smallest way can make a huge impact on their experience with your clinic.

 

Depending on the type of services you have on offer you could provide a selection of music options that your patient can listen to while they are having a treatment done or go as far as having virtual skylights installed in your ceilings above treatment beds in which patients can choose the view they are looking up at while having a procedure.

10.Dignified Discharge

Allowing patients to leave your building in a dignified manner is imperative in making them feel comfortable.

 

If you are offering services in which patients might feel self conscious about how they look once they have had a treatment done, to their face for example, it can really pay to have a back exit that can be utilised in order for patients to get from the treatment room to their car without having to walk through a crowded waiting area.

 

Not only will this benefit the patient that has just had the treatment done, it can also help with reducing anxiety in waiting patients.

 

As you can see, with the right team helping you through the process it is easy to incorporate the essential elements into your medical fit out.

Making Use of Unused Space

Although we may be known as Melbourne’s Medical Fit out Specialists what you might not know about us is that we have also got over 30 years of experience in commercial office fit outs. What this means is we have the expertise and skill to turn any unused office space you have within your medical facility into fully functional areas for you and your staff members.

 

Whether you need fit out services in Melbourne, Sydney or Perth we are keen to travel in order to bring your medical vision to life.

Time after time we come across medical facilities that have been converted from residential houses and therefore have multiple rooms, some of which are not used at all and become dumping grounds for unwanted items.

 

Just because you may not be using some of the space you have in your clinic doesn’t mean it is wasted. Depending on what you would like to do it can be relatively easy and cost effective to turn these areas into fully functioning areas for patients and staff.

Consider the following when looking at what you could do with your current space:

Rent It Out

In many Melbourne fit outs renting a room out to a pathology company is very common. Not only will this get you some additional money in rent, it also has the potential to bring some patients into your clinic that otherwise may not have visited.

Break out Space

When it comes to breaks not everyone wants to sit in a kitchen where multiple people are eating and/or creating different smells from the microwave. This is where a break out area away from the lunch room can come in handy. Not only does it create a secondary quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of lunchtime but also gives your staff and area in which they can make personal phone calls etc. without feeling like the entire office can hear them.

Create Space to Collaborate

If you are lucky enough to have two rooms next to one another that can be combined you have opened yourself up to a very valuable space. By replacing fixed walls with operable walls you have the option of having one large boardroom, which could also be used as a training room or private function room, or breaking it up into two smaller meeting rooms. By introducing the option of such a space and labelling it ‘the new boardroom’ as opposed to the room that we store things you will find staff members are much more likely to use it.

Work Related Quiet Space

At times there will be sensitive conversations your nurses need to have with patients over the phone so creating a comfortable area in which they can have an open conversation away from the hustle and bustle of the reception desk/ waiting room is invaluable. Giving them a quiet space in which they can talk without having to worry about other patients listening into the conversation, or feeling rushed off the phone with people waiting to be seen, creates the opportunity to answer any questions your patients may have in depth and give them the time they deserve.

Time to Recover

If space permits having a recovery room or private waiting area within your clinic can be a huge benefit. There may be times in which a patient needs to wait within the practice before they can leave. Whether its time in between treatments, waiting for results or even the required wait time after a vaccine it can be nice to have a quiet space in which patients can sit, away from a busy waiting room. Not only will this make them feel much more comfortable it can also have a knock on effect to waiting patients. For example if a child who is upset from a needle comes back into the waiting area crying it may upset other children.

 

As you can see, what you may view as a pointless, empty space can be transformed into an extremely useful area that shows your staff and patients that little bit of extra care.

 

Keeping staff and patients comfortable is what will keep them coming back so it is imperative you utilise your entire space to its full potential to make sure your clinic stands out from the rest for all the right reasons.

Getting Your Medical Centre Plan Right


One of the most important things when it comes to your new Medical Centre is getting the plan right from the very beginning.


Although you may have a strong vision of what you want your clinic to look like there will always be important factors that you may not have taken into consideration in order to create a safe and functional working environment.

From forward planning in order to create a clinic that can accommodate future growth to the location of certain rooms, the little things are what will set your clinic apart from the others.


When deciding on your final medical centre plan, setting up not only for now but for the future is key.


Although you may not need that additional consultation room or space for extra receptionists on opening day it is important to look to the future and have a think about where you see your medical centre in 5, 10 or 15 years time. Do you envisage inviting additional specialists to practice from your clinic? Will these specialists require their own administration and if so where will they sit and store their files etc.


Creating your medical centre plan with the future in mind is a smart way to safeguard yourself against the risk of having to do more substantial (and costly) building works in the near future should your business grow. As well as this the additional areas that are not being utilised can also serve the purpose of staff quiet rooms or extra storage in the short term.


The physical floor plan of your clinic is equally important. The location of certain things in order to make your staff members jobs easier will in turn make them more efficient. Something as simple as designing a reception desk with enough space to accommodate a printer instead of locating it in another room can make all the difference to a busy day.


It is impossible to know exactly what is needed in a job that you do not do yourself which is why it is so important you get input on layout of certain areas from your administration and nursing staff before setting anything in stone. Something that you might think will work seamlessly could in fact be a disadvantage to someone else.

Another important area of any medical centre plan is the location of amenities. Locating public bathrooms at the front of your medical centre makes them easily accessible to waiting patients and gives reception staff a clear view of who is coming and going.


If you were to place these down at the other end of your clinic, although this might seem like the best option as they are out of the way, you have all of a sudden lost site of patients who are now wandering around the corridors and could potentially gain access to consult and/or treatment rooms that either haven’t been locked or are occupied with other patients at the time creating a security concern.

Staff toilets (if you have the space to include them) on the other hand are of more benefit at the back of the medical centre. This gives staff members some privacy and can be located close to the staff room where they do not need to walk past patients in order to gain access.


These are only a couple of things that need to be taken into consideration when deciding on your final medical centre plan but as you can see, even the smallest of things can make the biggest difference.

How Hospital Construction Specialists Are the Key to a Good Aesthetic

There are many aspects when it comes to the design of your hospital construction that can make a huge difference to both patients and staff and this is where it is important that the team you are appointing to help with your design have the right amount of experience with medical design and construction.

 

Not only do you want someone with extensive experience in this area you also need someone that is familiar with all of the current medial standards in order to make sure your medical design complies.

 

When we think about the differences between hospitals and general practices the main thing that comes to mind is that a hospital setting is for more critical cases than a GPs office. Therefore, the design of a hospital will differ from the design of a general clinic and the expertise of a medical fit out specialist can bring some ideas to the forefront that you may not have even thought of yourself.

 

One of the main differences we need to consider is the time of day patients will be coming to visit.

 

While a medical clinic will generally work within normal hours during the day a hospital is open 24 hours so it is imperative the afterhours aesthetics are just as welcoming as the aesthetics during the day.

 

The most effective way of making patients feel comfortable is through clear signage, especially when parking their car. Whether they are a patient themselves or a friend/ family member either coming to visit or to pick a patient up there is nothing worse than not knowing where you are meant to go and spending 20 minutes looking for a car spot.

 

If possible, incorporating valet parking into your hospital construction design is a fantastic idea. It can ease stress and anxiety for someone who is trying to quickly navigate a car park either during the day when it is busy or at night when it is dark.

 

Once your patients or friends/ family members are in the hospital you want to make include as many calming elements as possible.

 

It’s no secret that hospitals can cause a sudden feeling of anxiety when you walk through the doors. Whether you are a patient who is about to go through a procedure or a friend/ family member who is concerned about a patient it helps to create a sense of calm and comfort when they enter the building.

So how can you incorporate calm into your hospital construction?

Small things can make a big impact on people and it is quite simple to design for comfort and calm in your design. Consider the following items for inclusion in your waiting area:


Natural light can make a big difference in your waiting room’s atmosphere. Make sure the utilisation of windows and skylights are included where possible in your hospital construction plans

Phone/ laptop charging stations can be a benefit to anyone who has to wait for an extended period of time or would like to get some work done before their appointment.

Comfortable furniture with the option of arms and no arms to suit everyone

Music and artwork can be a welcome distraction and give waiting patients something to look at while they wait

Refresh station offering self-serve filtered water

Clear signage to amenities


As you can see it is quite simple to create a warm and calming environment through your hospital construction design and it is extremely beneficial to have an experienced medical/ hospital construction specialist on board to help bring your vision to life.

5 Concepts for Medical Centre Design

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.

 

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 in any medical centre design. 

 

Medical environments can be stressful places so taking the time to make sure your patients, their families and your staff members are comfortable can pay off in the long run. 

 

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. Design plays a huge part in this. 

 

Of course there are endless ways to create your perfect clinic, but 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 so planning your layout to have things such as the amenities in sight of the reception desk are key.

 

This way staff members aren’t trying to keep eyes on patients who could potentially be roaming the halls and make their way into a consultation or treatment room unsupervised.

Design for your Staff

In order for staff to work seamlessly (well as seamlessly as possible in a busy 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 is an imperative part of any medical centre design.

 

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 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 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, 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.

What to Look for When Choosing Your Builder

Going out on your own can be a daunting task so it is extremely important you make sure you are working with the right people.

 

When it comes to construction fit out companies you need someone you can trust, someone who will point you in the right direction and someone who is familiar with the issues that can arise during any medical construction.

 

The most important thing to remember when you are selecting the construction fit out company you would like to appoint is that commercial construction and medical construction are two very different things. Just because someone is a builder and has years of experience within the construction industry it doesn’t mean that they can construct a medical facility to standard.

 

When it comes to medical construction and design there are certain requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to obtain your Certificate of Occupancy.

Below are just a couple of requirements a residential or commercial builder may not be aware of, which results in additional and unexpected costs and delays for your business.

DDA Compliance

DDA Compliance (Disability Discrimination Act) is a big factor in any commercial setting and ensures equal access and opportunity within your clinic for anyone with a disability.

 

Not only does this go for patients but also your staff members. Access for the disabled should not stop anyone from doing a job they are completely capable of and therefore with the required addition of ramps, disabled amenities and lift access where required you are ensuring access for everyone.

Parking

Parking requirements for medical facilities differ from commercial properties, something a medical construction fit out company will be well aware of and therefore be able to assist you when looking for a new property.

 

In a nut shell, as per the current Victorian Planning Provisions; you need to provide:

 

  • 5 parking spaces for the first person providing health services, plus
  • 3 parking spaces for every other person providing health services

Under the Building Code of Australia 9BCA), some of the required number of car parking spaces must be allocated as disabled car parking, which much be in accordance with Australian Standard AS 2890.6-2009 (Disabled) and the BCA.

Because councils will vary with their requirements and whether they require any additional  items to be ticked off, depending on where you are located, having an experienced medical construction fit out company on your side will really navigate this sometimes tricky process.

 

Body Protection

Two questions we are regularly asked by clients when quoting are ‘What is body protection?’ and “Do we have to include it?’.

 

So what is a body protected area? Basically it means every power point in your clinic is protected by a safety switch which is imperative in any area in which patients are being treated with equipment that is plugged in.

 

Body protection safety switches are a lot more sensitive to earth leakage currants than those on a residential or commercial power point therefore protecting you, your staff and your patients from any chance of an electrical shock while treatment is taking place.

 

Not only are new tenancies effected with the requirement of body protection. If you have an older tenancy that needs any electrical upgrades done the entire tenancy will have to be upgraded to include body protection.

 

So to answer the question ‘Do we have to include it?’ the answer is yes. Body protection is a requirement under the Standard AS/NZS 3003.2011 and therefore compulsory for any new medical or dental construction or refurbishment.

 

Keep in mind that ‘new’ electrical works can be something as small as the addition of one new powerpoint which will trigger the entire tenancy to be upgraded therefore it is important you are working with a medical construction fit out company that knows the requirements and will have these costs covered in their quote.

 

As you can see, something as small as adding a powerpoint to your already functioning medical centre can trigger unexpected costs as well as taking the risk of running your clinic not to standard.

 

By appointing an experienced medical construction fit out company you can rest assured all requirements will be taken into consideration from the very beginning therefore reducing the risk of any unexpected costs during your construction or fit out.

How to Achieve the Best for your Hospital Construction

When it comes to hospital construction there are many ways to make your patients and their family members feel at ease during their visit while also creating an efficient and safe workplace for staff members.

 

While general practices, dentists and allied services usually operate within normal business hours hospitals are generally open 24/7 and therefore the afterhour’s aesthetics of your building need to be taken into consideration.

 

Because some patients will be seeing your building at night you need to make sure good lighting and signage are high on your priority list.

Generally if someone is visiting your hospital after normal business hours it isn’t for a routine procedure or planned appointment. Therefore it is imperative your hospital looks not only inviting from the outside as someone approaches but also uncomplicated when it comes to clear directions.

 

Before the construction of your hospital can start make sure elements such as signage, not only on the front of your building, but also within the car park, are clear and concise? If someone is in a hurry they don’t want to be navigating a complicated car park in the dark.

 

Once your patient has parked, whether it is during the day or at night, you want to give them a warm, inviting welcome in order to make them feel at ease straight away.

 

Unfortunately we don’t seem to get the same relaxed feeling walking into a hospital as we would a day spa so it is crucial that your hospital construction includes as many calming elements as possible.

Your waiting area can be one of the most stressful places for a patient and their family members so it is a good idea to spend some extra time designing it to be as enjoyable as possible.

little things can make a big difference. Consider the following items for inclusion in your waiting area:

  • Natural light can make a big difference in your waiting room’s atmosphere. Make sure the utilisation of windows and skylights are included where possible in your hospital construction plans
  • Phone/ laptop charging stations can be a benefit to anyone who has to wait for an extended period of time or would like to get some work done before their appointment.
  • Comfortable furniture with the option of arms and no arms to suit everyone
  • Music and artwork can be a welcome distraction and give waiting patients something to look at while they wait
  • Refresh station offering self-serve filtered water
  • Clear signage to amenities

Comfort in consultation rooms is just as important so it is advisable to carry some of the above elements through to consulting suites where possible.

 

By doing this you are retaining the calming atmosphere you have worked so hard to achieve in your waiting area and in turn it will make a more positive experience for your patient.

 

Of course, a good floor plan is essential in any hospital construction in order to create good circulation and dignified discharge for patients.

 

Patients that have been through a big procedure will usually want to avoid leaving the hospital through a crowded waiting area, so where possible having an exit in a different location to the entry is advisable. In doing this, not only are you making discharged patients feel less self-conscious but you are also reducing stress for waiting or entering patients.

 

As you can see by using certain design elements within your hospital construction (although they may seem small) can make a big difference. Good design is the starting point to creating the most positive experience you possibly can for your staff and patients.