Designing and establishing the perfect surgery is a precise art. Here are some of the major mistakes that are made during the fit out process and how to avoid them.
NOT PLANNING SUFFICIENTLY OR THINKING AHEAD
The process of creating a well functioning and great looking medical space has to come from the ground up. Ensure you spend time getting the layout right and considering your options carefully before ploughing ahead. It can be very costly to have to go back and redo things because the basic foundations were glossed over.
Similarly, the planning process has to take into account any legal regulations, requirements or permits involved with a new build or clinic update. Get professional help from a surgery design specialist to tick off the checklist early. This will prevent regrets or roadblocks down the track.
NOT FUTURE-PROOFING YOUR BUSINESS
Do you have an idea of how your healthcare practice or surgery will grow in the years to come? How much extra storage will you need? How many new patients do you foresee sitting in your waiting room in twelve months’ time? While there’s no crystal ball to see exactly what the future holds, it’s possible to do some strategic forecasting and align your new surgery with the plans you have for down the track. A great advisor will show you how to set up a practice that can expand or adapt to new industry innovations as they come along.
CUTTING COST CORNERS
The old adage is ‘you get what you pay for’. Economising too much can just result in more expenses down the track, so always aim to have the best quality fittings and technology you can afford. Experts in the field of medical office interior design can talk you through practical ways to save money without compromising on the most important elements of your surgery.
HAVING UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
It can take time to plan a healthcare centre and get the fit out right. Practitioners who rush in and try to start working while the builders are still working will do themselves a disservice. Understand the timelines and the importance of each step and allow for things to blow out a little (but not too much) and you’ll save yourself a lot of stress.
NOT HAVING A PROFESSIONAL TOUCH
Jobs that require specific skills are always best left to the professionals – people with a great foundation of knowledge and experience who know exactly what they’re doing. After all, patients wouldn’t want an unqualified dentist scraping their teeth and they wouldn’t trust themselves to put in their own fillings! Hiring the right people for the job in the first place is the best long-term investment you can make for your perfect practice.