The design and layout you choose will depend on many factors, including the type of clinic you run, the number of people it needs to accommodate, and whether they have any special needs. Here are some clinic design ideas and considerations to bear in mind:
- Reception area. First impressions count. How would you like patients to be greeted when they arrive? You may prefer patients to sign themselves in using a touchscreen, or decide that everyone should announce themselves at the reception desk. Consider whether you’d like your waiting room to be separate from your reception area.
- Meeting patients’ specific needs. Do your patients have particular requirements? Great clinic interior design will put patients at the forefront. A children’s clinic might require bright and exciting décor with lots of activities and baby changing facilities, while a clinic specialising in disability will need to prioritise accessibility beyond the basic statutory requirements.
- Accommodating family. Do you anticipate friends and family members using your waiting area while their loved ones attend the clinic? Consider how best to keep them occupied and comfortable during a long wait. Think about providing facilities such as water fountains, coffee machines and magazines.
- Lighting and colour. A shiny, white interior with bright lighting can convey surgical cleanliness, while more muted lights, carpets and pastel colours may provide a more relaxing atmosphere for nervous patients or those who are dealing with bad news.