No matter how much you resent it, doctor visits are an undeniable part of your life. A pleasant doctor is not a good enough reason for you to grin and bear with the unpleasant clinic atmosphere. Sometimes, it's not the doctor who is unnerving, but it can be the quintessential clinics which make the trip even more resentful. All you need is to make the place more pleasant, genial and patient-friendly.
A few tweaks and turns, and a little adjustment will ensure that your patients are at ease.
Sunny Side Up
Pull the curtains away! The more you bask in the natural sunlight, the more rejuvenating it is for your mind. Trust us, natural light can make the place look brighter than all the false ceiling work ever can. Let's not forget, natural sunlight will give tiny little electric bills. Glassy doors allow the sun in and you can always rely on it for boosting up the spirit of your patients. It also helps in reducing the jitters. Paint your walls such that they will accentuate and reflect the natural light.
A doctor's clinic instantaneously strikes a chord with the other obvious unwanted elements. What gives the patients the clinic anxiety is the pungent smell of the medicines and the different spirits. One cannot undermine the benefits of jasmine plant in a clinic. It's not just the beautiful white flowers that will be a much-preferred distraction but its fragrance is touted as having a calming effect on our mind.
Let the Water Drip
Having an indoor water fountain has its own perks! Not only will it amp up your interiors with its aesthetic presence but also the flowing sound of water will make your space serene. The sound of the flowing water helps drown the other chaotic sounds of the clinic. It acts as a natural humidifier making the clinic a warm place. And a bonus! A water fountain is sure to keep the kids busy.
The Happy Wait
Technically speaking, Patients spend more time in the waiting zone than inside the doctor's cabin. You don't have to be a genius to ascertain that the waiting area should certainly be in the spotlight and well ornamented. Amuse them with some magazines, some health-related quotes, and general health trivia. Don't stick to the age-old dull décors for your waiting room. Artificial plants game has upped the décor of many a dull place so you can always rely on them to make your place charming.
Doesn't it scare the wits out of you when you are the next in line and the guy inside is screeching for the obvious reason! It is a bad idea to put up those thin alarming doors for the doctor's cabin, instead, change them with the reliable sound-proof doors which will ensure the privacy of the patients and allows the doctor to be all ears to his patient.
If at all the patients have to wait, make them wait for a pleasant one. Cramped spaces can be a huge turn off for your patients. Hygienically speaking, keeping all the viruses in a small space, sounds like every doctor's nightmare, doesn't it? Make sure the waiting room is not only commodious but also well arranged. There are impressive arrays of designs in chairs to choose from. Some artistic chairs will add a little quirk to your seating area. Might sound extravagant but think of it as a onetime investment.
Keep It, Airy
If your clinic is always flooding with patients then keeping it well ventilated would be your first priority. Let the air flow in and out of your space, it helps in keeping the air fresh and minimizes the odor. It allows more sunlight and keeps your place natural. Natural ventilation seldom digs a hole in your pocket. If your clinic is spacious enough, adding a French window will make your place brighter and better.
The Right Colors
If it is a pediatric clinic, try and make the place more bright and colorful. But, if you are expecting elderly patients you would want to use soothing, calming colors. Don't make them stare at blank, mundane walls. Little artsy elements will glam up your clinic and will be a welcome distraction for your patients.
Know the Doc
While unproductively waiting for the doctor, you can feed your patients with a little information about the doctor. You can decorate the walls with the certificates and the achievements of the doctor so that your patients are assured that they are in safe hands. Seeing the doctor's credentials can help in reducing the anxiety of the patients. A little thank you notes or a letter of appreciation for the doctor goes a long way in gaining the trust of the patients.
Let your patients know that the doctor too is every bit of a ‘human'. Change the dynamics of a regular clinic and make it a fascinating place. Who says you cannot celebrate if you are a little peaky! Surprise your patients with a little change according to the seasons and festivals. This creates a positive atmosphere for the patients.
Trim the Clutter
We are way past the days where doctor's cabins gave the patients goosebumps with all the creepy display of medical stuff. The more neat and crisp the cabin of the doctor, the more comforting it is for the patients. Keep the doctor's desk well ornamented. Don't clutter the table with a thousand bottles of medicines and other necessities. They might come handy for the doctor but can give the patient the jitters. You might want to consider keeping the medicinal stuff organized on a shelf or a cupboard.
Providing your patients a homely feel, should be of paramount importance to you while refurbishing the clinic. All of the above décor ideas surely won't cost you a bomb, but just a few peanuts would do the trick!