When it comes to designing your medical clinic or dental practice, it’s vital that you have your patients at the forefront of that process. In an industry that’s becoming more and more competitive, it’s crucial to understand that it’s a consumer’s market. If your patients aren’t comfortable or satisfied with your clinic and services they likely won’t hesitate to walk away and find what they’re looking for elsewhere. Below are some of the best and most effective ways to design your practice around your patients:
When designing your practice one of the most crucial considerations are the building materials, including the thickness of the walls and the type of insulation you’ll be using, as all of these things play a major role in soundproofing your practice. What you want to avoid is a scenario where patients are anxiously waiting in the waiting area for their appointment and all they can hear is the drilling sound of dental tools or perhaps another patient is distressed. These sounds will only serve to increase your patients’ sense of dread. What’s more, patients want to be reassured that when they’re being treated they’re in a private and secure space. With good levels of soundproofing, you can create a much more calming environment with gentle music playing or soothing water sounds being emitted from a water feature.
In a medical or dental practice, there are certain areas like by the examination table or above the dental chair where bright lighting is necessary in order to make a correct diagnosis or carry out a treatment properly. However, too many medical professionals make the mistake of maintaining this harsh light throughout their entire practice.
When it comes to the general lighting of treatment rooms and most certainly the lighting in your waiting room, you want to create more ambience. No one wants to be stuck waiting in a room with a harsh, fluorescent strip light that’s giving them a headache and making them feel on edge. Instead, opt for strategically placed track lights, uplights, pendants or sconces- all of which create a much softer ‘spa-like’ atmosphere. What’s more, you can have your lighting installed with a dimmer switch or various settings options to allow more light when required.
Avoid the Clinical
While you may be running a clinic, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want your practice to feel or look clinical. There are a few ways to do this depending on your preferences and more importantly the kind of patients that you have/are trying to attract.
If you are running a high-end practice with a lot of state of the art technology and equipment then you may want to go for a clean and modern look with interesting pops of colour and artwork. If you are a very family-orientated clinic, then make sure to include a play area for kids and comfortable seating for parents. Alternatively, if your aim is to create an overall relaxing space, then stick with the ‘spa-like’ atmosphere we talked about earlier by using neutral colours, natural materials like wood and stone and incorporate some beautiful greenery into your design.
Consider your Colour Choices
Colour psychology has taught us that different colours have different effects on people’s moods and emotions. This can be very useful knowledge to have when considering the interior design and colour palette of your practice because the choices you make have the potential to put your patients at ease as well as instilling a sense of confidence in your practice and team. For more insight and explanation of the various colours that you should be using and avoiding, read our article on colour theory and psychology here.
At Dentifit, we have 15 years of experience in designing and constructing practices and clinics based around the needs of our clients and their patients. We have worked with countless different practices and have gained an invaluable understanding of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to medical fitouts. To learn more about our services, get in touch with us today!