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Optimising Your Space to Increase Comfort & Engagement – Medical Practices
Optimising the space in your medical practice isn’t just about finding the most effective logistical setup for your clinic (though that’s still important). It’s also about leveraging the space available to you to make your practice more comfortable and engaging for patients and staff alike. Below are a few suggestions for achieving this during your next medical practice refurbishment or fitout.
If you want to optimise your space to increase comfort for your patients, seating is a logical place to start.
Buying comfortable furniture for both your waiting room and your consult and exam rooms is an investment worth making, because it will seriously enhance your patient experience.
When selecting chairs and seating for your practice, a simple litmus test is whether or not you’d be happy to sit in the seat yourself. In addition to comfort and back support, look for seating that will be fairly durable and can withstand the rigours of a busy medical practice.
There are also many ways to optimise your practice space to add stimuli that can relieve and reduce patient stress and anxiety.
Hanging artwork (perhaps even from a local artist) or images of beautiful landscapes can provide a positive distraction for patients and help to alleviate negative emotions. Windows that offer views of nature can have a comparable effect.
Similarly, potted plants can be used to bring nature into your practice, adding both a pleasing aesthetic touch and a sense of calm. These positive distractions will make your space more psychologically comfortable for your patients. (And in turn, this will make your practice more comfortable for your staff!)
Positioning your team’s work area nearby your consult and exam rooms isn’t just an efficient use of space.
By improving the visibility of these rooms and promoting interaction between your various staff members, this simple space optimisation can help to naturally improve collegiality.
Your patients may not consciously notice that your staff work well together, but they’re likely to notice it subconsciously – which can only be good for your practice. Improved collegiality between your team members can also lead to better patient outcomes and lower staff turnover.
At Elite Fitout Solutions, we have years of experience fitting out and refurbishing medical practices in a variety of locations and contexts.
If you’re considering optimising your new or existing practice space, we can help.
Contact us today to discuss your plans for your medical practice fitout or refurbishment.