Interior Design in the Healthcare Sector
The interior of medical suites and other healthcare facilities have an emotional and physical impact on patients and their health and healing.
Patients form their initial impression of a practice or healthcare facility when first stepping into it. The image practice portrays, says a lot about you as a doctor and the value you place on both patients and employees. Interior design can significantly impact the well being of your patients and staff.
The importance of good interior design in healthcare facilities, be it doctors’ rooms or a hospital, is often overlooked. Your waiting room, procedure rooms and exam rooms should be more than just furniture and equipment.
Healthcare interior design can be a key factor in building long-term patient relationships and, ultimately, the success of your practice. It goes without saying that your medical suites should be representative of the nature of your practice. It also needs to be appealing and comfortable.
I believe in the concept of incorporating health-promoting qualities into healthcare facilities’ interiors through a highly holistic approach toward designing medical spaces into modern, healing environments. The overall idea is to create a more comfortable home-like feeling and a sense of hope and confidence among the patients and visitors by creating relaxing and homey spaces in healthcare settings
Engaging and calming interior design can play a big part in attracting and retaining patients and employees. It also plays a big role in the healing and recovery time of patients.
Something as simple as the right lighting, an have a significant impact on the user experience of healthcare facilities.
Your practice is where you and your employees spend the majority of each day. Studies have shown that good interior design can improve your employee’s productivity, effectiveness and overall wellness and morale. Not to mention the effects it has on your patients and their healing and comfort. Studies have shown that even something as simple as a piece of art portraying a landscape, has a positive effect on patient blood pressure and recovery time.
KEEPING WITH THE TIMES
Is your medical practice well-established with a long history? If so, when was the last time you updated your interior design? An outdated interior can send the wrong message to both your patients and employees. It can demonstrate a lack of interest in your business and give the impression of that you don’t value your patients or employees. Updating the interior can keep your practice looking fresh and your practice, relevant.
THE RIGHT INTERIOR DESIGN FOR YOUR MEDICAL PRACTICE
Choosing the right colours, furniture, lighting and accessories for your practice can seem a bit intimidating. The best way to achieve interior design that reflects the character and culture of your practice, is to hire a professional interior designer.
Experienced Interior Designers have the knowledge and experience to bring different design components together to create medical suites that will enhance the success of your practice and well being of your patients.
INTERIOR DESIGN DONE RIGHT
Take a look at the patient room in the picture below. A few elements that enhance the design of this room, are:
- Inclusion of a window to provide views of nature
- Utilisation of calming colours such as green and neutrals
- Making use of natural materials, such as wood, in the design in order to make it more homey and less clinical
- Making use of wood as a floor finish immediately gives the room a warmer feel
- Making provision for family members and/or friends to visit by providing a big couch and not just a single visitors’ chair
- Making use of various light sources such as natural light, ambient lighting and artificial lighting, makes the room seem airy and light instead of dark and depressing
These are only a few elements that need to be taken into consideration when designing for healthcare facilities. These factors will all enhance patient experience and ultimately, the success of the healthcare facility.