6 top tips to make your speciality medical fitout above board

Few people like going to the doctor, dentist, vet etc. As a business owner and a medical professional, you want to create a space that puts people (or their pets) at ease and not only in the emotional sense. We’re experienced in medical fitouts around Townsville and Mt Isa, and we have some tips to share with you.

 

Location

Prime real estate is important. Patients look for specialists that live close to them for treatment whether you’re a GP, x-ray practice, or veterinarian.

It’s common for medical fitouts, like doctor’s surgeries and vets, to have their offices in the suburbs. This is where families call home. They’re more likely to visit a practice in the next suburb over where it’s quiet, compared to battling for a park at the shopping centre.

Cavendish Road Clinic in Brisbane is an example of a commercial practice in a residential zone

Cavendish Road Clinic in Brisbane is an example of a commercial practice in a residential zone

Tone

The presentation is key. Do you want to look commercial or family friendly? In a medical fitout, the latter is preferred. Snapping up an old home and renovating it into a commercial business makes this easier.

This is where interior design comes in handy. Colour palette is important, you don’t want the whole colour of the rainbow painted through the office. That will only send people’s minds into overdrive. Certain colours evoke emotional responses. Blue evokes calmness. Green represents health.

The Psychological Properties of Colours

Be wise with your colours and choose wood finishes to create a welcoming medical environment. People are more relaxed in natural environments not surrounded by sterile white walls. As a doctor/veterinary practice, most visitors will come with small children. Catering to their needs with a small play area or books will make waiting in reception easier for them.

 

Security

It’s not only patients who need peace of mind. Business owners need it to. Ordering and installing a security system is a recommended first step. Medical practices hold sensitive information and it’s important to safeguard it. Other considerations for your medical fitout include tinted windows. You can order a shrink-wrapped design instead to add some character.

 

Functionality

This is more than having a space that ‘flows’ and makes visitors comfortable. When you think functionality, make sure you don’t forget about:

  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Parking/accessibility for clients
  • Storage
  • Sound-proofing

 

Codes and regulations

You can’t open your practice, let alone get it off the ground, without following codes and regulations laid out by the government. Each practice needs a dedicated consultation room for each practitioner in the business. Other standards listed include:

  • Patients must be able to access the premises without passing through clinical areas
  • Equipment and furnishings must meet Queensland Health Capital Works Guidelines
  • Curtains and bed sheets are fire retardant

 

Physical Environment Standard (version 5)

Why you should get an office renovation quote

You put your business in an office that suited your needs…ten years ago. Trends move at a rapid pace and your workplace, once ‘on trend’ itself, soon becomes dated. It’s time to get an office renovation quote if you’re experiencing any of the below three.

 

You’re embarrassed

First impressions matter. You don’t want to bring clients in for meetings because you know how dated the office looks, from the cubicles to the old carpet. It might turn them off and make them reluctant to make a repeat visit.

Who uses cubicles in modern Australian workplaces these days anyway? It works for some businesses but open-plan workspaces have well and truly taken over. Go into details about the floor plan with your builder and architect, and ditch the cubicles. You’ll lose the embarrassment and impress clients when your office renovation results in a fresh, magazine-worthy looking business.

office renovation

Dress to impress, like the Evernote offices in California

Bills are high

Ten plus years ago, businesses weren’t as concerned with eco-friendliness as they are now. Your energy, gas, and water bills reflect this.

Hunt around the internet for WELS approved fixtures and low-wattage lights. LED strips and bulbs are the go-to types that can be styled any way you like. Plus they use less than half the energy of traditional fluorescent bulbs. Speak to the builder about the best eco-friendly/money saving fixtures appropriate for your office renovation.

Energy-efficient lighting doesn't need to look boring

Energy-efficient lighting doesn’t need to look boring

Your business is evolving

Think about where you started and how far you’ve come. You deserve more than a dated office with worn carpet and tiny windows. When your business grows, make changes in your workplace that reflect it.

Steve Jobs started Apple in his garage. So did the founders of Google. Now they have some of the most enviable offices in the world. When your business expands, so does space. If you like your current location and own the building, look into an office extension.

 

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