If you are looking to open up your own doctor’s office this year or upgrade your current one, there are plenty of things you may want to bring into the area. Your GP office can be anything you want it to be, and there are plenty of ways you can personalize the space to make it as fun for your patients as possible. However, to start off with, here are some of the essential items every doctor’s office needs to have.
The most basic items you can bring to your doctor’s office is a box of tissues. As a doctor, you will be tasked with breaking some pretty tough news to patients about their health. In cases such as this, you will need a box of tissues handy to give out to them as they process the news. The simple act of offering tissues to your patients when they need it is something which will make them trust you much more.
When children enter the doctor’s office it can be a daunting thing. Children are often scared of the doctors and the dentist because they can hurt them with injections and examinations. If you want to comfort a child after giving them a flu jab, the best thing you can do is have some lollipops or sweets handy to give out as a reward for being so brave. This will allow you kids to feel much safer and to trust you.
3. Comfortable chairs
The last thing someone wants when they take a visit to the doctor is to have to sit on uncomfortable chairs. It makes them feel out of their comfort zone and can be incredibly unsettling. Take the time to invest in plenty of seating for the people in the waiting room as well as an extra seat in the doctor’s office for when a patient comes in alongside their family member or parent. Sometimes people need the moral support and will want to bring someone they trust in with them.
Just because you are a doctor doesn’t mean that you have to have a complete clinical and impersonal office space. If you want to make things more personal and humanize yourself, you can leave a few family photos on your desk. This is not only a nice gesture for yourself, but it also allows your patients to feel more at ease when talking to you about their private issues.
One of the items you might forget to place in your doctor’s office is a plant. Plants will not only add a sense of homeliness and comfort to the area, but they are also brilliant at reducing stress. They will produce oxygen and provide your patients with fresher air to breathe and keep them calm as they wait to see you.
Sometimes you will find that you are having a busy day at the surgery and this means that people will end up waiting around for a long time for an appointment. If you have children who are waiting around they can become very impatient and start to lash out. To keep them happy and entertained it is important to provide a small area in the waiting room with games and toys for kids to play with. It will keep your children happy and quiet, and it will make sure that they cannot inconvenience anyone else.
If you want to make your doctor’s office more efficient then you can invest in multiple technologies for the office. You can use a service such as Appointment Reminder to send out texts to your patients reminding them of their appointments, bringing some much-needed automation to the system and reducing the instance of canceled appointments. In the waiting room, you can set up a screen to allow your patients to sign themselves in for their appointments, and place a screen on the wall which will show medical advice and will flash up patient names when it is time for their appointment. All of these technologies will make life much easier for you and your patients.
Even though it is great having the technology available for you to use, there is sometimes nothing which beats the classic pen and paper. Make sure you keep plenty of notebooks as well as pens and pencils to write down advice and notes for your patients. Sometimes you can use these to offer advice on how to use medications or to simply write a follow-up appointment.
3. Pictures and charts
When you are faced with diagnosing a patient with a new condition, you may often need to explain it to them in more detail to help them understand it better. You can use charts for BMI, Asthma, Pregnancy and lots of other illnesses which will help you explain a patient’s condition in a simpler way. This can be especially useful for children.
4. Healthcare magazines
One of the items you should never be short of in your surgery is leaflets and magazines which can give information on diseases and illnesses. It is advisable for you to have a wall dedicated to information like this which your patients can take and read in their own time. It is always helpful to offer advice on subjects such as pregnancy and contraceptives so that teenage girls are able to learn about these things without feeling embarrassed by talking to a doctor. It is essential to keep things on display in an easy to reach place for people to access when they need advice.
It is useful to have plenty of infographics hung up on the wall which will show you different common illnesses and ways to treat them at home. Some patients may find that they no longer need to book an appointment because they can see a way to treat the illness at home. This can be a great way to educate people about their illnesses and make sure they are able to treat them effectively.
Once you have pulled everything together, you will have a warm, inviting and well-organized space to work in. Your local patients will thank you for the effort you’ve put into making this a welcoming and comfortable environment for all who visit in their time of need.