Simple measures can make a big difference to the look, feel and safe operation of your practice.
Apply these measures throughout your practice:
A well designed pratice ensures that people with disability or special needs can access the practice and its services in ways that maintain their dignity.
To make your practice accessible, consider patients with disabilities when deciding on the height of reception desks, doorknobs, sinks and hand-driers in bathrooms.
Good furniture and equipment is functional, durable and asethetically pleasing. Take the time to choose well - this is an investment for your practice.
Adequate clinical equipment is essential for any practice. You will need enough equipment to provide comprehensive clinical care and emergency resuscitation. The RACGP Standards for General Practices provides a list of equipment that practices need for accreditation against the standards.
Click the links below to see the list of equipments:
Your practice will need adequate lighting to ensure practice staff can safely complete their work, both administrative and clinical, and so that patients and staff can navigate around the practice. Make the most of natural light where possible.
For more information on lighting see the Australian Standard AS 1680.2.2 – 2008: Interior and workplace lighting, part 2.2 Specific applications—Office and screen-based tasks
Lighting can also set the ambient feeling for patients. A warm white lighting (2700-3000 k) is generally considered to be more calming and comfortable. Use lights of the same lux level within each room, and ideally throughout the practice. If you need, lux levels can be measured by an electrician.
To minimise glare from windows, and overhead or reflected lighting: