Reception is generally where a patient will have their first impression of your practice. Create an area that reflects your vision of the practice and how you want patients to feel when they are in your practice. Make sure it is near the patient entrance so patients immediately know where they need to go when they arrive, and so reception staff can see people arrive and quickly identify medical emergencies and reprioritise appointments. It should also be close to the waiting area so staff can see and monitor waiting patients.
Allow approximately 10m2 per staff member in administration
areas. Allow for physical distancing between staff at
reception or administrative areas where possible. Ideally keep
a 1.5m space between staff, or a use physical barrier such as
a plexiglass screen.
Allow sufficient space for office equipment (eg computers, printers, files) and waste collection.