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3 Ways to Make Your Medical Centre More Homely and Welcoming
To counter the feelings of anxiety and discomfort associated with visiting the doctor, many medical centres are designing their clinics to look and feel more like home, making the experience for patients much more pleasant and welcoming.
Here are three simple ways to ensure your medical centre feels less clinical, and more like home.
While some areas of your practice need to be sterile – such as your treatment room - that doesn’t mean the rest of your practice needs to look sterile. Adding cozy furniture – in both your waiting and consulting rooms – and homely items such as rugs, cushions and mirrors can help to create a nice ambience.
At Berkeley Medical, the consulting room utilised by allied health professionals has been furnished to look non-threatening and comforting. The room features items including lamps, novelty cushions, armchairs and plush rugs to give the room an authentic homely feel.
Plenty of Natural Light
Including plenty of windows in your centre connects your patients with the outdoors and maximises natural light. The presence of natural light is generally agreed to have mental and physical health benefits, with daylight linked with speeding up the healing process. As an added benefit, providing patients with a view outside also helps to take their mind off their upcoming appointment.
Racecourse Village Medical Centre takes advantage of its corner location with large windows featuring in its consulting rooms and treatment room. This abundance of natural light makes the practice feel warm and more welcoming for patients.
Adding personal touches throughout the centre – such as interesting artwork, flowers, greenery, and child friendly items – is an easy way to take a practice from feeling clinical to a more home-like environment.
The founder of the Station on Tanti Family and Women’s Clinic had a vision of providing a homely yet elegant environment for patients.
The design of the practice leveraged the building’s character to create a light and airy space with a “country” feel, and features comfortable furniture and plenty of unique touches to create a truly homely feel.
Are you thinking of starting your own medical practice or refurbishing your existing one?