We are a business blog, and we focus on all types of business. As such, I want to bring attention to a new development I have seen in the Medical Industry. As a health professional, there are factors to consider when planning for a medical office. As you might have expected, it’s a time consuming process so you will need to invest a considerable amount of time. You should give the whole process about six months in total. It will take about three months to find an ideal location and premises; that promises involves doing multiple surveys to get the best of the available spaces. You will then spend the next three months renovating building to make it fit for your medical facility. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the steps and things to consider during that time.
When planning for a medical office, location is a key factor. You will need to choose a location easily accessible to as many patients as possible. It is important to choose an area covering as many residents as possible preferably at the center of location in mind. In addition, consider availability of parking space and presence of good transport network in case you will be receiving referrals. If you are not sure you are doing it right, you may hire a Medical Space Planning Service, then choose from the top three or two locations. Choosing to hire rather do the search yourself will hasten the process, but it will cost you more.
There are many types of spaces to choose depending on the usage of the space. The number of physicians is an important consideration to have in mind when planning for your medical office. A physician’s office should measure about 1200 to 1500 square feet while those for other professionals need less space about 1000 to 1200 square feet. However, additional space is required for other equipment such as x-rays and imaging.
If you are starting small, the head physician’s office along with that of the reception area will occupy about half of the space. You may choose to make the head physician’s office be the examination room as well. That will also mean the medical examination machines will be in the head office as well. The other machines used for administrative work such as printers will then be on the reception area.
Once you have the basic plan of how your medical facility will look like, you need to start renovating your new premises. Renovations will help you to project the kind of image you would want people to have of your practice. While a medical facility doesn’t need an upmarket location with expensive furniture, you still need to give it a professional look that is both comfortable for patients, and efficient to work in.
Moreover, you will need to install fittings such as electrical services, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), and plumbing. These need to be done according to regulations governing health facilities. In order to get everything right, you will need to hire the services of an architecture that has specialized in designing medical facilities or a professional Medical Space Planning Service.
Buying or Renting
If you are planning to set up your facility in an area that is still growing economically, you may need to look for an option that allows you to buy rather than rent the premises. In most cases where the medical facility is profitable and therefore is going to operate for many years to come, buying the premises is better than renting it. Long-term renting means after about 20 years, the total cost of renting the premises will have exceeded the initial purchase price you would have paid to own the rented premises. Moreover, buying the premises gives you more leeway in how you would want to renovate it.
Surprisingly one of the best ways to make some extra money is by selling items patients will need and usually buy from elsewhere. This may sound generic but if you treat a patient for a knee problem why not sell them some top knee pads too? If they need antibiotics why not sell them that too? You will be able to get a good premium for these items.
It can be challenging setting up a medical facility from scratch. The good news is you may hire a medical space planning service to help you get through the difficult stages, and go on to have a successful practice. We hope that you found this article on medical space planning service to be informative and engaging, and wish you the best as you work towards setting up your new medical facility.