Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Update Your General Practice

Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Update Your General Practice
October 30, 2020 Dentifit

With a lot of uncertainty swirling around the world, it may seem like the safe bet to just maintain the norm in your workplace. However, it’s more likely the perfect time to innovate and bring around a fresh change to your general practice for a post-COVID world. 

 Here are 3 reasons why it’s time to update your general practice now:

1. Post-covid standards will be higher than ever

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Codes of practice surrounding operating a general practice during COVID-19 will continue after the pandemic declines. 

Together with the Australian Government, several medical colleges and organisations, guide medical professionals through how a post-COVID world can affect their business practice. 

Here are a few references for Australian GP’s:

If social distancing and infection control regulations are maintained, it may be in your best interests to implement them into your work environment. 

There won’t just be a higher legal standard; patient’s standards will be heightened as a result of higher professional service. 

2. The digital revolution has been sped up; now’s the time to update your technology 

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A large portion of the world sought digital alternatives to their lifestyles when COVID-19 came into effect. Be that work, shopping, schooling, or another function, people became comfortable with doing things online. 

Being digitally progressive could bring fresh faces to your practice and maintain regular patients. Digital consultations or checkups could make your patients feel safer and more likely to choose your practice over a practice which only allows in-person appointments. 

3. A new fit-out or refurbishment will help you to implement more permanent health and safety features which COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of; screens and barriers, automation of doors and taps, etc have provided people with more personal space in waiting rooms while also protecting your staff.

Moving forward, social distancing and hygienic practices will be at the forefront of both patients and staffs’ minds. 

 To minimise the risk of the spread of Covid 19 infection, here are a few options:

  • Redesign the waiting room seating space to enable social distancing with individual seating
  • Contemporary vinyl upholstered seating or PVC shell-style tub seating which enables effective cleaning
  • Carpet tile flooring featuring printed distancing markers relieves the use of temporary adhesive products
  • Automation of entry doors to reduce touchpoints
  • No-touch, automatic, free-standing sanitiser stations, display signage and separation barrier screens
  • Sneeze guards- either custom designed to suit your reception counter or off the shelf options
  • Redesign staffroom space to include in house laundering units and include storage space for clean  staff scrubs
  • Waiting room TV installation to provide a platform for educational information or entertainment when reading material cannot be displayed
  • Upgrading of air conditioning systems to include Hepa filters and ultraviolet light for the removal of bacterial elements

 

At Dentifit, we have 15 years of experience in designing and constructing practices and clinics. We have worked with several different practices during COVID-19 and know how to make your practice safer and more effective. To learn more about our services, get in touch with us today.