There are a number of design standards and regulations that should be taken into consideration when setting up your medical practice to help you ensure that your practice is safe and comfortable for everyone in it – yourself included!
Standards for general practices have been developed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). These guidelines cover the physical environment in medical clinic facilities around Australia. AusHFG (Australasian Health Facility Guidelines) is another resource that can be helpful.
Below is a quick outline of some of the key requirements from RACGP that your medical practice must meet when it comes to designing your consulting and examination rooms.
Your medical practice must have at least one dedicated consulting room for each member of your clinical team working in the practice at any time. This is a key requirement that affects your practice design as it largely determines the size of your practice. For example, if you’re going to have five GPs working every day, you’ll need at least five consulting rooms.
For the comfort of your patients and staff, your consulting and examination rooms must be free from excessive noise, adequately lit and maintain a comfortable ambient temperature. This is an important checklist when selecting soundproofing, lighting and temperature control systems. Temperature is important for patients who need to undress for examinations. Noise proofing looks after your patients and staff alike.
The design of your consulting and examination rooms need to ensure patient privacy and feature an examination couch. These are key considerations when planning your room layout and furnishings.
Elite Fitout Solutions has years of experience designing and fitting out medical practices. As such, we take the time to keep up-to-date with all the relevant design regulations and legislation that affect your consulting and examination rooms – and every other aspect of your practice.
Are you planning on building or refitting a medical practice? We can help you understand the current regulations and how they’ll affect your practice’s design. To learn more, call us today on 1300 765 344.